Started the Process in Acquiring My Teaching License
I started a 9 month online teacher certification program called Teach-Now. This program has been the major reason for my absence. The coursework was pretty demanding and required a lot of my time. I just finished the program in December. I feel like I can breathe now! Once I find out the results of my certification test this week, I can apply for my D.C. teaching license. This will open up so many more teaching opportunities for me. I can go back the U.S. and teach full time or work at an international school anywhere in the world. I’ll be certified to teach Elementary and ESL. The benefits and pay will increase, and I will have a lot more job security. If you have a bachelors degree and want to get licensed to teach, here’s a link to their website. http://teach-now.com/refer/?p=robinsons&w=referral
At first, we were concerned that Anaya would get bored or that she'd want to take over the class by trying to answer every single question, but she’s been doing much better than we expected. Koreans begin English classes in the 3rd grade. The English skills required for this level is very basic. Some students are more advanced because they go to English hagwons (after-school academies), but in public school, most students begin learning English at the same time.
We volunteered at a local orphanage and helped conduct an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.
Anaya and Leonard's Birthday
Leonard and Anaya share the same birthday. We celebrated their birthdays by going bowling and having dinner at our house.
Seoul Soul Music Festival
We went to the Seoul Soul Music Festival. It was awesome. We got to see Maxwell, Musiq Soulchild, the Stylistics, Eric Benet, BJ the Chicago Kid, Robert Glasper, and so many more talented artists. Our friend Anthony is the radio host of The 22nd Hour at TBS eFM 101.3 and he was able to get us backstage to meet Musiq Soulchild! I got to show Musiq some Philly love! I was so geeked! I wish I could’ve gone backstage to meet Maxwell too! They all put on a spectacular show.
Anaya’s Taekwondo Performance
Anaya’s class participated in a Taekwondo dance competition. Despite being the youngest team in the competition, they won 2nd place! We were so proud!
My best friend, Nicole, came to Korea and surprised me! In August, she told me she was planning to travel to SE Asia in November. She informed me that she didn’t have enough funds to make a stop in Korea. After hearing this, I was a little disappointed. Although I had my inclinations that she might come, I didn’t think too much about it. I think I would’ve figured it out had I not been so busy. She was in cahoots with Leonard.
The day she arrived, I decided to stay at work late. I was trying to finish up an assignment for my program. I kept getting phone calls from Leonard asking when I was coming home. I was annoyed because he kept interrupting me. I decided to wrap up and head home. When I came in the house, I heard Naima fussing with her sister in the room. Leonard said, “Go and check on your daughters." Playing like I was a police officer, I kicked in the door. When the door swung opened, I heard, “Surprise!” I look and I see Nicole sitting on the bed. At that point, I had no clue! They totally got me! Even though her time here was very short, I truly enjoyed my time with her. Here’s a video of my surprise.
Naima's 3rd Birthday!
Naima celebrated her 3rd birthday with her best friend, Hannah! Their birthdays are 3 days apart.
Despite the ups and downs of 2016, we are fortunate to have our health and still be here!
Here’s to 2017, and we look forward to creating more blog posts and videos!