How did your path lead to becoming an English teacher in China?After college, I was in a relationship when I graduated and was planning out a life with that person somewhere in the U.S. Things ended up falling through with that relationship, so I was left trying to figure out where to go next in life. I had just graduated from college but was not satisfied with the field I was in, so I was looking elsewhere. A friend of my sister sent me a message on social media asking if I wanted to teach in China, and my first thought was, “Why not?” So I applied and was accepted for the position of K3 head teacher.
I had worked with children all my life, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. This was my first TEFL job and was the most incredible opportunity I could have come across. I am not sure where I will be going after this, but I am looking forward to the journey to get there.
What made you want to teach in China, and how did you pick Lijiang?When I was 9 years old, I remember saying to myself, for no particular reason, “I don’t want to teach, and I don’t like Chinese food, so I don’t want to go to China.” And look what happened. I ended up at an international school in South West China.
I was in my sister’s wedding with a friend of hers a few years back, and we kept in contact after that. I’m not sure how she found out about it, but she had been at the school for almost 2 years but was returning to the states, and the school was looking for replacements for her and a few other teachers, so I decided to apply. Things worked out, and 2 months later I was on a plane to China for the first time.
Why did you choose to get TEFL certified and why the Basic Course?The school I was going to be working at required that I get my certification and referred me to the BridgeTEFL program to get that certification. I figured I would start with the Basic Course and work my way from there when I got the chance. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and am looking forward to the next one I get to go through.
How did you find your teaching job in China?My sister's friend sent me a message on social media asking if I would be interested in teaching English in China, and my first thought was “Why not?” The school she was teaching for was looking for replacements for her and a few other teachers, so I applied and was accepted for the position of K3 head teacher.
Can you tell us about your current teaching job?The school I worked at was an international school where we taught English to Chinese students, as well as teaching English and Chinese to students from international families living in the area. I was the K3 head teacher and worked with 9 children ranging from two to four years old, from 8:15 am to 3:30 pm. We had a lot of play and interaction time, as well as some class time for them to get used to a classroom environment.
They all came to school not knowing any English but they grew and learned so much throughout the year. On a normal day, we read books and played with different things to learn about letters, numbers, shapes, and many other things kids that age should be learning. We would do all kinds of art projects and learning projects. I tried to make sure every day involved fun activities for the students.