We are grateful to have a diverse community of students, staff and families from around the world. Each member of our community brings their own background and story that enriches the ASH experience. Our ASH Voices series zooms in on our community as we learn more about who we are in our roles at ASH and life outside of school.
Today’s profile features one of our TK teachers in the ECC, Mr. John, who originally moved to the Netherlands from the U.S with the intention of staying a year, in his own words “that’s been a long time ago!”. After qualifying with a Bachelor's in teacher certification in Michigan, and a Master's degree in Texas, Mr. John’s first teaching job was at the University of Texas in Arlington. Once he moved to the Netherlands, he first started at ASH as a substitute teacher, moving on to spend four years as a teaching assistant (TA) in TK and then a further five years as a TA in Kindergarten and now onto his current role as a TK teacher.
We asked Mr. John some questions about his life at ASH and how he has been adapting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
How long have you been at ASH and what does the #ASHexperience mean to you?
I have been at ASH for 10 years. My experience has given me a new appreciation of the phrase, "Just say maybe." I've enjoyed living in Europe so much, and I know it has a lot to do with the rewarding and meaningful work I am doing. The ASH community fosters a positive, creative, and professional environment - these are important to me.
What are your passions?
My passions include travel, history, and cooking. I also enjoy reading and writing.
How has this year impacted you and what are the lessons you have learned that you will be taking forward in your teaching at ASH?
Well, certainly, I have noticed how important it is to be flexible! Like so many things in life, COVID-19 has reinforced that we are often not in control. If anything, I can say this past year has left me more centered - emotionally and in my professional life.
If you could give our students at ASH one piece of advice what would it be?
Take care of yourself, your family, and your friends.
If you weren't working at ASH, what would you be doing?
I have a keen entrepreneurial outlook, so I'm certain I'd start a business!