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Thumb Tack - Mexico

Education: BA at Trent University, B.Ed (I/S) at Queen's University

Year Teaching: 2

Subject and Grade: English (IB Language Acquisition), Grade 7 and 8

I have decided to teach in Mexico City because I love the warm people and I wanted to teach English as a second language while still improving my Spanish.

My biggest fear about moving abroad was being late starting my career and life back in Ontario.

This year, I am most excited about having all of my lesson and unit plans in order and being able to focus on classroom management in a calmer state of mind.

5 must-have items to pack in your suitcase:
Apricot face wash
2. Rain shoes, boots, any waterproof footwear
3. Winter coat if you can believe it
4. My camera and lenses
5. A currency convertor

Famous, must-eat delicacies in Mexico:

Elotes (Mexican street corn): Grilled ears of fresh corn are spread with mayonnaise and sprinkled with grated cotija cheese.

Sopes: Fried masa cakes and are delicious topped with savory meats and veggies.

Most excited to explore smaller, rural towns, the beautiful parks, and the Riviera Maya where I hope to scuba dive!

One word to sum up your first year teaching: Unpredictable

Favourite Memory from First Year Teaching: One of my favourite memories from last year was watching my Grade 7s read their own children’s storybooks about child labour to the students in Kindergarten.   

Professional Goal This Year: I want to become more comfortable with the IB curriculum and I want to use reading fluency diagnostics to improve my class reading levels.