Working at The Columbus School was a turning point in my personal and professional life. It turns out a young lady 90-miles from my home saw the same flyer, and took the same risk. Thirty years later, we are still bouncing around the world together.
On a professional note I met some great educators and learned some valuable lessons about my teaching and myself. I have to admit I was still a little young and adventurous and not speaking any Spanish was not going to deter me. What did intrigue me was the chance to travel and teach. My Peace Corps experience taught me that to understand a culture you had to be able to relax in its varied situation. Travel alone does not afford that opportunity as you rarely develop the personal relationships necessary to understand another cultures view of history, your culture and some of the inter-twining’s of the two.
The Columbus School was a wonderful place to develop my teaching skills. The principal had a good sense of instructional planning and held students and teachers to high expectations. The 375 students in grades PP-12 where very nice young people, who worked hard and learned with a joy I had not really experienced before. They came to class with such enthusiasm it was hard to be tired at the end of the day, even when the heat was 30 degrees Celcius and you could feel the rain building.
When my wife and I returned from Colombia we had figured out a few things; one, I need to finish my graduate work and find a job, and secondly we were not going to be the couple that waited until we were retired to have a similar adventure. Little did I know that she would find a set of jobs in China 28-years later that would take us half-way around the world for an equally enjoyable opportunity.