Since closing my service and returning to the US in December, I have been searching for my next adventure – an opportunity that would give me the same level of fulfillment that I enjoyed in Arandis.
I considered a return to the corporate world, buying another company, moving into non-profit organization management and even retirement. I only knew for sure that I wanted to be here in San Jose with my love – relocation wasn’t an option. I’m happy to share with you today that I found it…
I’m going to be a Middle School teacher of English, Social Studies or History (the specific school, grade level and specific subjects are still TBD)!
Teach for America was founded nearly 30 years ago and modeled after the Peace Corps. It is a non-traditional teacher training program that puts new college grads (and a few others of us) into high-need schools for at least two years. Many people in my life have been teachers (including Mom!) and I have the greatest respect for the work they’ve done to get trained and certified. I don’t think for a second that I’ll learn everything I need to know during my intensive training over the next few months, but I’m going to give it my best shot. I believe that education is the antidote to ignorance and a ticket to social uplift – the need to improve education in our country is as great as I found it in Namibia.
I credit the kids in my Arandis Learning Club for this decision, who every day told me: “Mr Chris, you should be a teacher!”