Week 7:
Farewell


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

January 3, 2017 | 12/19 My last week has been a great one and I am going to miss these students so much. I’m beginning to think that no matter how many years you must say goodbye to students it doesn’t get any easier. I have been with the kiddos for only 7 weeks, but it feels like so […]

Week 6:
Just Keep Swimming!


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

December 14, 2016 | I think part of my interest in Australia stems from watching Finding Nemo as a kid (and an adult). It really is a Disney/Pixar masterpiece. So this week as I am diving head first into yet another big event that I am not all that experienced with, I tell myself to just keep swimming. The […]

Week 5:
From Stage to Shore


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

December 12, 2016 | Another week has flown by in the Land Down Under. The big focus this time around was the glitz and glamour of the end of year musical. It was so energizing to see all of the students performing for a real audience after weeks of rehearsals and not getting to see what the whole thing […]

Week 4:
Thankful


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

December 5, 2016 | 11/27/2016 Now another busy week has come to an end, I am feeling very thankful. I guess it helps that I had a fantastic Thanksgiving, got some encouraging words from some staff, got “promoted” to an official stage manager for the musical the students are working so hard on, and had a fantastic second visit […]

Week 9:
A Very Busy Week


Whitaker Fellow in Language & Foreign Policy

Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State | Arlington, Virginia

November 20, 2016 | Program Review On Monday TCT – the Technologies and Continuing Education division of the School of Language Studies, which Distance Language Learning falls under – conducted its yearly program review. The entire division has been preparing for this presentation for over a month, and so interns were allowed to attend. Our division chief defended the […]

Week 3 – What I Do


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

November 19, 2016 | This has been another phenomenal week in New South Wales. My school schedule finally has a bit of normality, I’m really getting to know people, and I had a weekend full of adventures in Faulconbridge and Sydney. Although each week is really great, I do have to admit I was having some doubts at school […]

Week 2:
Feels Like Month 2


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

November 15, 2016 | I can’t believe that it’s been two weeks since I set off on my adventure! I have been so lucky to fit right into the mix and have the school staff and my host mom agree. Some of the students feel the same way, but some still see me a bit as a shiny new […]

Week 8:
Post-Elections


Whitaker Fellow in Language & Foreign Policy

Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State | Arlington, Virginia

November 14, 2016 | This last week was the much-anticipated 2016 Presidential Elections. The results of the elections hit DC hard; especially the State Department. However, I also had a fairly busy and even fun week outside of the stress of the elections. Daily Press Briefing Monday afternoon, 20 interns were invited to attend the Department of State Daily […]

Week 7:
Pre-Elections


Whitaker Fellow in Language & Foreign Policy

Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State | Arlington, Virginia

November 7, 2016 | This past week was not a very busy one, though I did attended a couple interesting meetings at work. Life at home was also very quiet. I got my absentee ballot on Monday and returned it quickly; several of my other housemates, however, have not yet received theirs. The elections are only a couple days […]

Week 1:
I Made It! And My Bag Finally Did, Too


Black International Fellow in Education

Katoomba North Public School | Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

November 6, 2016 | It is possible that I have had more adventure in the last week than in the rest of my entire life! Today is Sunday, November 6th, which means exactly a week ago today my dad was driving me up to the Minneapolis airport to begin my adventure to student teach in Australia. A lot has […]

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