Maya Angelou once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Though it was a mere few years ago I heard this quote, I realized it was how I live my life. My parents split before I was born. My life was divided into school years in Maine with my Mom, summers in the south with my Dad, and holidays a mix of the two. The connection between my lives was drawn by airplanes, but found within me where I was able to create a new space. Home became a place where I was picking and choosing the best influences of the changing worlds around me and using external influences to create my world, my self, my home.
It wasn’t easy growing up with an absence of consistency. Marriages came and went. Siblings came and went. Houses changed. Flight patterns changed. Through the change a constant comment I always heard as a question was: “Wow, that must be a really difficult life for you growing up.” Hearing that taught me something: My life is going to become the world I create for myself. My answer became my new constant, my reinforcement to myself: “Actually, it helps me have a better understanding of relationships and the life I want to create for myself. I am able to travel, meet new people, and my siblings are the world to me.”
I know some people find inner strength easily while others struggle with it. I want to reach those who need inspiration and help them to succeed. Science has always fascinated me. I realized if I taught science I could spread knowledge and simultaneously help students build self esteem.
I am spent the past few years at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City as a MYP Science Teacher. Previously to that, I spent three years teaching at the Anglo-American School of Sofia in Bulgaria. I have had the pleasure to work at three different international school. Prior to living and teaching in Bulgaria I was at Seoul International School for three years. Though I have been teaching for the past years, prior to that I worked for NASA for five years. I was climbing a government ladder taking on increasing amounts of responsibility and contributing to amazing things. I felt the earth shake below me as I watched shuttle launches. I worked with and was surrounded by some of the most intelligent, creative and inspiring people I will ever meet. Yet, despite the incredible career path I was on for a young female (which is very rare at NASA) I wanted to be in the classroom. I was following a path untrue to my heart.
Teaching abroad was always my dream. Now that I am here teaching overseas I have finally arrived home: a place where constant change provides me with stability and allows me to share that with others. I strive to provide students with inspiration, education, motivation, self-discipline, creativity, passion and an endless amount of support to follow their dreams.
I view my career as a multitude of professions. To the students I am a science teacher, a yoga teacher, a role model and a disciplinarian. To my teammates I am a leader, a young teacher with new ideas, a healthy influence. To myself I am doing my best, always trying to do better, and making sure I enjoy the journey. I am here, changing what I can, and changing my attitude about what I can’t.