Author Archives: Shannon Fehse

Teacher Appreciation: Smiles, Trust, and Cookies

Beginning in 1984, the National PTA of the United States has annually set aside one week in May as “Teacher Appreciation Week”. During this week, teachers are honored, supported, and recognized for the work that they do with students day … Continue reading

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Which Tier Next Year?

Professional networks are buzzing at this time of year. It is prime recruiting season, after all. Educators worldwide are reaching out to one another via social media, seeking information and insight into schools, open positions, and hiring strategies. One question … Continue reading

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Congrats! But…

When international educators are seeking a new position, most will reach out to their professional networks in search of advice and information about schools. What do you know about this school? Has anyone worked with this administrator? What are the … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Two Hundred

Regular readers of the TIE blog will no doubt recognize Dan Kerr’s name. He has been sharing his thoughts and reflections about life and education for seven years, and just wrote his 200th post this week. That is quite an … Continue reading

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It’s Real

“I’m struggling.” I’ve said these two words more times than I can count in the past week. On one hand, it’s a relief to openly express my feelings and frustrations, and on the other, I feel guilty for complaining about … Continue reading

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Election 2016: The Day After

November 9th, 2016.  As is so common at this time of year, weather changes and busy schedules create teacher fatigue and weakened immune systems. As such, I stayed home today in my pajamas in order to get some much-needed rest. … Continue reading

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Itchy feet. Less-than-ideal work environments. Hyperinflation of currency. Disagreements with policy or administration. Being closer to family. Safety and security issues. Dating opportunities…or lack thereof. Stability for the kids. Desire to try something new. No matter your reason for wanting … Continue reading

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A Little Nudge

We all know that transitioning to a new country isn’t always a simple process, and yet, most international educators do so multiple times. The goodbyes, the uprooting, the in-between summers, and the settling-in are physically, financially, and emotionally draining. As … Continue reading

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A Community Moved

Anyone who has been in the international community even a short time knows how tight-knit this circuit is. We are more than colleagues. We are more than friends. We are family. I have been teaching abroad my entire career, and … Continue reading

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The Company Pond

There is an ideal scenario for single teachers moving to a new locale, and it goes something like this: You arrive in your new country, and on the day that teacher orientation begins, you romantically “click” with another newbie. Before … Continue reading

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