The importance of consent conversations

When I think back I’ve been talking to students about consent for most of my career. However these conversations were informal and often with small groups of students who hung out in my office. In 2014 I started having these lessons with grades 11 and 12 during Advisory. This year I tailored the lessons for…

Choosing international educator life

When I moved to the DR in August 2010, I didn’t plan to stay abroad for more than a year. However, I saw that working as an international educator gave me certain perks I didn’t experience in the U.S. Even though I was making less money I brought home more of it because I didn’t…

The housing issue at my current school🤯🤬

One of the things that I have struggled with since I moved to Cote d’Ivoire is the housing issue at my school. Or to be more specific the lack of urgency in addressing housing issues. I really try not to complain because it’s exhausting but also because the custodial staff are kind and helpful and…

Resilience, Faith 🙏🏾and Gratitude

A lot of my friends tell me that I am courageous because I chose to live abroad alone for the past 9 years. However the word I would use to describe myself is resilient. Despite the challenges I learned to lean on my faith, and I always figure out a way to focus on the…

The end of my love affair with living in Africa🤷🏾‍♀️🤨

My love affair with Africa and its countries and history began in high school. Then in 2014 I got an opportunity to move to Ethiopia and work at ICSA. Although it wasn’t AISJ where I secretly dreamed of working, it was still a dream come true….moving to the Motherland💃🏾. I am now living in my…

International Job hunting has been #stressfulAF 🤪

Late November is the official start of the international job hunt season. Those of us who are looking to secure a new positions get our confidential references together and start to apply in hopes of securing a job before the Christmas holidays. When a friend mentioned to me that this time around it may be…

Ivorian weddings…who knew?🤔

Ivorian weddings are not for the faint of heart; they are literally all day affairs🤩. Recently a colleague at work invited me to her wedding and initially I was excited and curious because I have never been to an Ivorian wedding. I said yes because I wanted to honor her invitation and the fact that…

Back to work in a pandemic 😷

Since March 13th I have been working remotely due to the covid-19 pandemic and it was weird and rough and tiring. Yet the idea of going back to work in person caused me some anxiety. Most of my colleagues were happy to come back because they missed the students but I was nervous about possible…

My summer of tears😭😢

Summer 2020 will forever be remembered by me as my summer of tears😭. In the month of June two family members died: Peter my uncle by marriage and one of my all time favorite people, and my Aunt Daph, the kindest person you would ever meet and it was hard, so very hard. I didn’t…

The politics of “I’m not okay”

This post will come as a surprise to many people because they think my expat life is so much better. Because I travel a couple of times a year. Because I live outside of the US in an African country where racism and being in fear for my life is not the main thing on…