March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — mvervinck @ 10:47 pm

Today, one of my former student teachers from the Winter 2011  semester dropped by to chat.  It was great just to stop what I was doing and to catch up with what was going on in his life.  He has been teaching overseas and will be headed back again this summer.  He loves it.  It was nice to hear about his adventures with teaching and with learning another language as well as living in another country.  It was interesting to hear about education in another country and how things are very similar to here, but also very different.  I could tell that he has found something that he really enjoys doing, and something that he wants to continue to learn about.  He was very excited about a masters degree program, too.  He still wants to learn and to expand his knowledge, too.  He has goals and dreams, and he has planned out what he wants to do to achieve his goals.

For me, I know that traveling and teaching overseas is not something that I can do right now. However, I can live vicariously through my former students who love to share what they are doing and experiencing in a variety of countries around the world:  Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Costa Rica, Dubai, Spain and more.  For me, social media is a wonderful thing. We can still keep in touch, and I can comment on posts that they share about the ups and downs of teaching abroad. Also, I’ve connected former students and current students so that questions can be asked and answered by someone who is living and teaching abroad or tips about interviewing can be given.  Even today as I was talking to this former student in my office, another former student in Japan contacted me for a recommendation letter.  What a great day!



  1. It’s wonderful that you keep in touch!

    Comment by Loralee — March 25, 2015 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  2. You must be a very special teacher! You are worth keeping in touch with! You are treasured!

    Comment by Jaana — March 26, 2015 @ 12:36 am | Reply

  3. I’ve been living vicariously through my cousin and his wife who’ve been teaching in an international school in Beirut. They’ve traveled so many places in the past year. It’s exciting to watch their travels on Instagram from the comfort of my home.

    How special to have your former student teacher come back. That’s a special relationship for sure!

    Comment by Stacey Shubitz — March 26, 2015 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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