WhyWeWork BrianVee
WhyWeWork BrianVee

Episode 31 · 1 year ago

#30 Lani Thomas Grade KG2 Teacher

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Lani Thomas talks about life as a travelling American and an international teacher.

Welcome to why we work with your hostin Brian Vig as he speaks to people like you from all over the world, as wetogether dive neeper into our motivations struggles, joys, D,seemingly mistem warnings and Advic, which will be an encouragement to usall and to get uget going and keep on workingworking Tibwis good. Now, here'syour Housa to why we were Lnbrin Meiam Ridmy, and this is why we were today. Iwuld grate pleasures being due today with Lannie Thomas Lonnie, Thomas and Imet last year when we were both endeavoring to take a teach nowcertification program out of the United States were both e SL teachers, or I amat least, and she is working in a school, an international school inChina and Im an Korea and we've been partinghers for this whole time and I'mvery excite to speak with her, and I actually have her right now. So I'mgoing to let her in and we're going to begin the conversation with LannieThomas. This is Brianv at why we work, and today, as I just mention, I havethe great pleasure of speaking to you today with Miss Lanny Thomas goodevening, young lady get an evening its there Harry yea.Well, I just Sai, you put me on a timrerstraint and I said that you wereall dalled up and looking like you were ready to go out and that's why you wereputting me on a time restraint, but it was the real reason why you were on atime restrain. I am doing my masters, and tonight ismy last on Min insestion Soi'm, almost dit, I'm so excited can out wait see in the introduction. I justmentioned that you and I had met last year through the teach now graduateschool program. We were doing the certification program and we had beenpartners through the whole thing. We, we bobbed him weave through modules,but we were there aside by side through the whole thing, but I have his day toouvewers imsily tricking you, no, your riing is amazing. Friin is amazing. Heis so onit he's a great pint and a half, even if you feel like Ovwell, he isthere for you, he's Wan up lat Ia say thank you to brime because he is Gono.Well, they can' see me waving my finger now. No, you were a great noe and I wasjust going to say, but it seemed like as a contradiction or going against YoAAs Ng to say, and you were crazy enough to keep going and you're in themaster's program. You were doing a Master's program at the same time ofthe certification program. So how? How is that, like, I think from what I know'cause you and I talk on occasion- Yat you're nearing the end. You know yes'cause. We we finish our MASTLI months ago. Ow! Is it okay? So I went into theMaster's program Frae Progem, because I knew that I took a break. It Migh. Takeme forever to never to get back to it. So I migt go wil on this roll. Do it ina ship get those credentials. I a demand, better pay, better benefits,Tham, etcetera, a petipal in Chagin. It's beentondingUm, I'm disappointed at it. I now 'cause. My Um focus is teaching multilingal learnersMHM, as Very Eis. L focused I'm Aguess y English teacher, and yet I do teachEFL, but I want to like to become better Toci. Multilingal, larners andJUSTA potem itself isn't well conceived, Al Wellcome carried out,and I think the instructor is not that Welland and as a teachermyself, I can judge the worst thing were: Loales marduralswere like this inst, not against t e the program in particular, but as ateacher were looking at these people likeyeahow well, are they t s exactly,but you can be, you can look, you can ha. You can look at at a pegram withlike no it's more the program to a teacher or it's ore. The teachen thanproprogram was a common Esonabo and great teachers or instructors can havea Porproogam but still make it usefat revant and unfortunately, my instructorand I'm always Enai'm, always...

...advecating for myself, always nit's, not fun. It's like I shouldn'thave to avocat myself it shouldn't. This should be an issue, especiallywhen, when I'm found to be in the right, but that's all I wult say about that.What I wont say is I have I do. My thesis project was very useful to meand I found it very interesting, himu others these projects very interesting.So yet I have learned something I wish back. Overall, it was more, it was more he's been payng for it y they're, not for nocanporams. So before we get intowhat you do and maybe some aspirations you have by getting all of thiseducation and you're. Not even talking about your other education that you hadbefore this. This is just something you're doing while traveling overseas,while some other teachers may not be so eager to to venture into highereducation. But you surely are botny what was your first job? Yourvery first sho- and I was talking to someone today and I said, what's yourfirst job and he sais something in high school, and I said you know, basicallyyou didn't try to make any money befor that so, oh no! I did some other things,but what was the first time that you, you know, ventured up to try to make adollar whether, however small it was but e La te o? U, the first time I wasoffered money to complete attask. Is that a jot yeah yeah? I mean it's Wor,it's work, I mean that's what I I o Yeah my mother paid us to read that Workasmi first top. No, I rememberwhich has getting us to read and I just like for my Maze's program. I readabout this easily Intho Rasherbut Um. I it's before Ita Great Scooll. We didn'tlike to read like what's the plane, an I gess te mn we grow up, so she offers like five dollars.Perchchapter of a chapter book and we'd have to I wo L. I would like that now R, I het for Ajepter Pety, good ligtwit an what it was about, and so my sister and I like. I have olderbrothers well sister, three of us, my sister, a we got into it. If, like pickit bosh tap to books, he'd start reading, Eshe quit and then- and shegive us some money- An requil Ho tings pe on right now, so he just kee res. Soshe kept with the money for us. U, but by the time Um, but in that for sever, Abid readerslike a week wer going through buxiter water, N N im. No sixteen I was likeSolom. I know I must spe Ma money on now, where's all that book money. It'slike inte thousand, it's like! No, no I'm keeping that I e O Ionno. She pull that othe by that time, ous areader, you, you probably re yeah.I mean that was the whole point of it. We did it here. I tried it with likemath fax for my kids. I think I think I said I'd give you. I don't know a dollar for every mathfact that they got right on it like out of a set of them Um. I only paid my sonso far and he was and my daughter, my daughter, askevery one hey dad when'smy p when's, my my test. She might be listening now. She may ask me soon, butit's true, though, when you get to the end of it then you're the reader, andthen you, you probably realize. Ah That's why she was doing in, and youprobably read a couple of things: that'd say: Yeah, your Momis actuallyrea supporting you and there's a lot of money going into that. What was thefirst job that you got after that, like as a job eror, making money again still doingsomething the one I remember egatin to my nom M, my mom works to embascy Begovove,STAS and Um embassies would hire entrent of t esummer right and so wers. Sixteen, I think, is the youngest heywould hire me.I don't remember how I was I e Um. She build up the application to mysister and I she thout him out. She submitted them a that's my first job wointerning with the embascy over the summer. I was, I forget, the Divisiona Aa was thinknot haven, something close to the mill room, picking up pattages pacing o someplaye. It was fine, so Ladi Teli the audience. Where are you originally from? U S? An American UF, my aspornimaces'cause, my mom, I guess Awa loat, so my brother's, the eldest h was born inWashington and I am o DC and momwas trying to go back for my birth butyou're prematore and surprise for twins...

Uin, O Long Island. I ues she didn'tknow at the time either, but I don't finish or bat I didn't know is like wait a minute. Something elseis going on here and then little while two mints later Cill Out. So where wereyou born? Where were Youre born overseas? My my daughter was born. IWase to Avycust thit as a nice place to be born so, as I know well depe to be born, maybe I don' know much about the healthcarethere. So, as I know of you, you spent most ofyour life. How is that life been to be a diplomat's daughter or child andtraveling all through t many places you get used to saying Holo Thebye tobe tl? I mean it affets people differently. Fo Me! I just e well bwhos,I know is agraveery difficul for them. I think nowadays it's different withInternet face wellalwas as made a pout one, but when I was younger 'cause, I'me and if we didn't like e the Gann until I was IG school. But when I wasyounger, you look up someplace, you probably Wel, not gin Aei ever again,yeah you could be pen caws. I knew some people who really goed at the TBUT. Iknew Y. I know myselfyea keep that up. Itsrelertnot mexactly exactly Um, butyou know I didn't really appea Eshad Childo Anto. I was an adult and I had to learn HavTrouvele to myself at one dime. Then I really appreciated my child ex. Howmany different places did you have to move through through your, I guess,Ateens and Early Childhood? I see twenty five, including the? U Si B Sicx and yourfamily was together most of those times, so it was kind of a family tripeverywhere you win wh, what's most difficult like besidesthe saying goodbye like what, for you is. Is there like culture shock likewhere? Were you going what you know, people warming up to you, youerewarming up to other people? How? How did you perceive that going oun for methe hardest NE S? cotting? Bat, the states, because growing up overseas, usually myfame, is on a black family, any school, and maybe there was another black familybut Osujisus to us, but it was fine like wewerjust people,but maybe be Thi dates as much to the south. Oh, my gosrecism is aline andWol and toexperience. Why Tok the Wak on a it is so like me, and I first Tayedback at a school in South Maolina of race rit broke out and like where am Iwh t? What year is this? So moving back to the states and tr I e having Litl werer places andeverything that was the most difficult? Is it th 'causik every summer yo every summer we go home right because Mmy mom, like I get in a Monn, I have frend to in a rop or a striller oryating here or there. We have a one pace: every summer, yeah right, 'cause, you're, Americanny, Hav, tolearn your culture and Blhah Blah Blah Blah Blah, but me went to be Goco butlike we be with a family, and we be in these like support communities. So wasit so I guess I did Wan get to see thelarger United States. So when I went w actually used back as a a junior and high school and then to thesouth and you're in the wite environet like Oh wow, there is so much I di'tsee growing up. I don't think I like this. It's very strange. I never heard Tham.I mean iave experienced that because we're in like I'm in Korea- and wedon't see, say racism. However, it may come. It comes in many shapes and sizesas much as you do as you are in North America. So I think that t e good thingabout North America is its diverse, but the problem is you're going to havepeople who are not going to be so diverse and not want to be opposed topeople in other countries right like you're working in China. I'm working inKorea, many other countries just go on living their lives as normal, but inNorth America, you're going to have people who tend to separate and then itit's going to be have to be four or again, and it's not something we'reused to it's, not something that you see and other places so so obviously donnow. I think it's also a culturelike the North American culture,...

...like the banoer market. That's how wasfound. Those are the systems Ojunerta and that's cut as perpetuated throughWa, Cooling and everything. So I think in different places like the culturebetween different people, O different ethnicities I's different Ou know, so it is Culterso. When did you? When didyou break free from your mom and her the lifestyle of traveling all overthe world and decide that you were going to go off on your own and get ajob? I mean a'm still traving over the wealth of it. You know, Um, I mean wonon from your mom to get your own job. No, that was in high school sopmor. Onjunior year we moved AC to the state. An I was at the mall and I tilled at anapplication form to work at a retail shop. I got the job and Avasnos got itmyself: INDEPENDENTT early Myon, money, yeah and ELA shock. When I got my firstpay check, I'm like what are all these things me: Tikin Nowand, I mom told melike it', Medicare wha something else. N SOTRAINGOI'M GOINGTO have that whenolder, if Yo us Ho omidmistake thats s ha- and I want this or this igno es ioofos are coming out MI. That e was thinking five dollars and fifteen centsan hour and like Alo, that's gone in taxis. WasYou Myama stateside at that time or were Yo guys jut in between traveling?No, we moved back to stage premily at that time. ECAUSE my mom Um cind a thatyo would ve that she would have retired to Tan okay. So then, when did youdecide? Oh it's time for me to leave America. I think I decided. I think I knewi antto leave when e moved back and after Beng the Environment Form Sixmo E. Igot to get out of Gar the birs. I Li I guy get too goodget into collegebecause Bo me Moa Tanes. I need to get into my o n, my own dime IAscholarships cause. I Not Gli my parents M, so that my scholarship with university,what to do rt? What did you think of taking? What were you hoping to do what we erehoping to do? I wasn't really hoping for anything. I E. I have my hopes inJames and I'm I can. I make my I love history. Ot was your heart indre? Whatwas your hope in dream now think you're like I had my openreass. What were they? What was your hope and dream? o Din't come IndianaJones character, but Um. So history ochology a Itaik money. Youwanted to travel the world and dig in some dirt and find some ancientartifacts yeah andow. I lovewher you're, still young enough. You can still dothat. We'll see we'll see Um. So you went on to bisess fitinessbecause I'm like I know I can a I C ga job making money during thatwith a minor in Spanish and then t my paents always get mymastesy something I love MHM out, Buum Yeah I needed go grat, tontomyscholaship and then, after that I worked for about eight months. I thinkfor the Pimos Day as a contractor and then like well, I heard aboutteaching the English overseas. I got my tea Sall and I went to China because Iwent to Limandron how long ago was this. I moved to Guangjo unte eight as therefom tw, Tho ue and ten into Tiwa for year to Thi Istudy Mandrin on herscholarship, but I got for again Wento Shanghai,ticin Middle East Nan Bykincangi, so you've been away from the states forOverne over twelve years now, yeah be missing, don't miss it Itait's an interestinglife. We live. Is it not? It really is we. We have the freedom of not to worryabout the things that are home al at the same time experiencing somethingnew. I Dhon't quite agree with that ThiniHin. Do O W? What don't you agree with? You say that again...

...does weten not worry about the things Ido. I do listen to the news I do vo. I Iboi absolutely Bo te Timothat. You know. Merga still is my home mhm unless I,even if I get residency somewhere else or a second passpor thin es somethinglike that will happen. Um like I still have cousins. I love inAmeraca, I arl of Inmarga and I want the best for them. So now, even when Iwas in Quitar, I was in catarn tween, Tenan, eighteen teaching and then, whentrumpeted the whole Um bikhed was her. I Fon in my life I mi I, how is this country going to reastto me being here now that this man has done this? So just because I'm not pesteran that things that happen ameica will not tat mame an than those who Iknow and care about, yeah. No, I I don't mean disregard for it. Just youcan live. I mean without some of the things that are going on.You can live your life and it's not Um. It's not at the forefront of our minds,you can I mean you and I were talking last couple of weeks ago and youereapartment hunting and you know it just like we can live, but we can turn onthe news we can vote. We can talk to our family and all that, but I thinkthere is still we can push it to the backburner. Youknow, unlike being in our home town and not being able to 'cause you'd, beconfronted with ever whatever issue. You know it's a rainy day, it's a snowyday for Canada, it's a lot of snow and I'm not missing that so mucwhen. It wasforty degrees here yesterday and the day before. So those types of thingsfor me- and I think I think, of different things like taxes and living a little bit, freeor lives as anesl teacher while at the same time still caring, but what we have left behind and knowing we can alwaysgo back there. Do you think that you will at one point go back home nowno? I wouldn't know where I want to go,though: 'cause my parents live in South Naina, im ie there, so it's her time tostate nofor hm now, yeah then I wouldn't know where to go. So what are they doing now? Lonnie, beI mean we're all. I know you're Um affected by Cobett a little bit justlike I am here since we're in esia Um, when covert kindof lifts up and You'edone your schooling. What is it you'll be back into I'm back at work. Now, I'm a Teachen,though all the steaching staff that can vetim back representing clear, o all ofyour students ticks Te Kate incise until the first so yeahwe'r back at it. What does a typical day so you're? Whatgrade are you teaching and and the Esltche for kindergartenlevel? To- and I know this, but it takes a lot of patience. I mean ittakes patience to do anything in life. It takes a lot of patience to be ateacher, but it takes, in my view, extrirpatiens to be a teacher ofkindergarten grade. One grade two students: how how how do you handleyour job? How are you able to deal- and I know you do your job? Well, I'vewatched videos of you. I heard how you teach your methodologey all ofeverything, of what you do Djava and I appreciate it immensely because if itwasn't for teachers like you, you couldn't have a teacher like me. If youwould even Beinteran Wi teacheverypat, three four and five, so how do you do it so well and what is yourphilosophy of teaching Um Farst? I realize that the olderbecome the Beaticha I become, and it sounds just because of good experience.'cause it is was also because an older, a who are sure I have Li more liveexperience. My perspective is better. I feel that when I was younger you K Oyou have your own es, your nerves, iecere and this and that- and it makesyou less sheer of Eriself as you're olderyo. Have IT IM perspective, but Um what you say: Patience and Ye Ilike the children. This is your first timeexperol. You had mor pay, but listen now, there's some people whould neverbe able to be a teacher. I no Wa to admit it. It's a fact, though, like some peoplecannot stand children they just they just can't right and then for me fromlooking at your perspective, you're dealing with maybe toilet accidents and picking theirholes and eating it tefinitely. You...

...know like pulling Jewlie's hair or youknow, like all hose things and as a teacher with you know how many studentsare in your class, twenty five there's a big clas frezures right and you might not thinkpatience. That just means you have that much more patience than I do, you're like, but it's easy they're,just twenty five little kids and one of them they're, just enjoynglife. I don't have what you have. I certainlydon't Kno this expression I gos after age, and I saw this on a meangsomewhere and I think it's so good, like the Mamas that what do you mean byAccmy Age? This is the first time I've ever been this ASEFOR, so pomi was atSu with the kids. It's like, I can be patient because they shouldn't I like they should beExpecti to know this. This is why I'm Ham, when an asdult does something likethat. I have no PODITIONC for it. So as children patiens we're learning weling lol, onepar you're, gracious ancint now because you're very gracious with them 'cause,I I don't think I could do it. I just don't think and then not only that being an e SL teacher and trying to Imean your Stu, you studied Mandrin a don't know your level of Mandrin, butwhen you have that barrier, so if you were stateside, if we were stateside,you have children who have a larger comprehension of what you're sayingjust based on their home life, where we're missing a lot of that right, an and that that, for me, is, Ithink, a frustrating part. Work. Okay, want to explain to you what I'm tryingto say, but if you're not you don't understand, because you don't have someof that backing and you're dealing with even younger kids who have no idea. Soit's it's to me. It's patience, gracious and kindness and I thinkyou're doing very good job. What W? What sort of advice would yougive to some younger people at stateside, an Canada or ESL Wan, to bepeople that would like to come overseas? And what would you give for advice forthem to venture 'cause? I mean I remember when I first came as youmentioned, it builds your confidence wellfrom being younger. You gain acertain confidence when you first start teaching and then you gain even moreand some people would think. Oh I don't. I don't have that ability to stand infront of kids and teach or you know, move around and teach o. What would yougive her advice for people who are thinking of it right out of university? Well, when I first started teaching thereason why I wanted to go to teaching was ECAUSE, I dont Mye children and,and I didt like public speaking, I really didn't. I'm Soi' like well Wanta, be a teacher. He ses of exposure with exposion. You know they mad. Heleft illerol on EON. They are like thr their people, theyare. They they're younger, they're, smaller and less experienced, buttherere people like of feelings and emotions y ideas. So My tints my advice to people who rlike well Ot, now they're, weird, I'm afraid my advice is to do it. I mean'cause Drugan, be teacher. Yin Me the figet of authority they're not reallygoing to question. I escasiy theyre younger children. No't! Really. I seeyou in that way. So just do at the worst Holl havpen ayoull have a Qorvel class. You fel horrible, by Hiself, but then you havecolleagues to help hoister your spiret and help you work shop, your own lessonand do a better sop, the next time and as from moving overseas. It isdifficult, even F, seasoned mover, like myself, I think whan most difficultthings ever is musing like getting rid ooking of hakus suitcasesmoving to best difficult and the first three months. Two six months isn't sodigical it's the hardest, O eafter you get over that Hump Askes Major Asov,Bul community. It's good anfine, yeah! That's what they generally say ispeople, if you make it over your first six months, you'll be fine, but it'sthe first. You know three to six MONTHSAS you're saying that is thehardest. If you've not been away, I mean probably for you and maybe even me,because I moved a lot as a kid, but within my own province area, but I moveI was used to moving if you're not used to moving in you're kind of a homebody,it might even be more difficult, but for you and I think, having moved a lotand been in and out of different houses. But you know, as I I said to you acouple of weeks ago, my dear wife, she moved a lot and she hates moving. Itdoesn't matter if it's across s across...

...the street and there's an adage thatsays it doesn't matter if you're moving across the street or across the world.It's still just as difficult there's all of that stuff that goes into it,makes it so hard Lonnie. What would you like people, maybe even moms or Dads,to understand what it's like? They probably don't,understand and appreciate what it's like to be a teacher to be in yourshoes teaching their children. What would you like some parents tounderstand- or even some you know- would be parents that will be growingup and having kids and hearing from a teacher's perspective, something thatthey don't understand and appreciate about your position. Alec pancs, nowthat Im being very horrible to a teacher is not tha make that teacher want tohelp your child. More ive had some very much Wa, very no plac of saying Ihad,some Lovin otle children with very difficult parents, and I had toovercome my fing appearance just to continue to be there more than child,because it's not the child's fault, Apata actness in a way and theprofessional ne is like, if not a tollisfault, they deserve thebest reme, always always but Lik pionow that them screaning at eachsometimes sometimes that thongs may be meritedsomething to be e, merited right, but WTAING. It's how you communicate to getthe result. You want. I N important yea, but maybe the louder parents are to theteacher, the quieter we may be to those students, but it's it's tough. It does have aneffect I mean, and then we have to try to understand that some parents and Ido it as a parent. I I think I know what what's right for mykids and then, if it has something to do with a a teacher or someone elsethat I'm trying to express that wander desire of my child. I may not say it inthe right way and from your perspective as a teacher who you're hearing thissort of stuff from people all the time or you know what the parents reallyknow is best, but you know parents don't always know. I heard one guy saythat after having teenage, I think teenage to young children, the tendeneighteen year old, kids. He said you know what I learn after having fivechildren. I think he said five daughters. He goes. I don't knowanything about being a parent Ritbut in a you K, ow s, probably arelatively good parent, but it just like you learn so much and you don'tknow, even though you think this is going to be the best thing for them,but it doesn't always turn out that way and then go in a totally different path.So, when we're fighting for our kids, the teacher isthe one who 's hearingabout it- and it may not be the best person to voice your concern about yourdesires for Johnny or Julie Nnow, I just NAV abicating 'cause- isso important. Hassolat avocate for you 'cause. I us Tan this course I' Nadvotated myself. I fow that when am I do evocate myself, I come with thefacts. I come data, I come it the receipt B T now. Let's have adiscussion Ohloni I can attest to that 'cause. Actually, I think you and I'vebeen in one another's corner for the whole time we were in the program andif it wasn't you it was me we were fighting one another and the other neachures inthe group like trying to make it as equal and fair and to our advantagethe best way possible a, but that's a good thing to do right, and then youhave people in groups or in situations where they may not say anything, andeven though they're thinking the same thing, you need someone to step up and-and I found that you did that very well- and you spoke on my behalf many times,and I d truly appreciate what you did and what you're doing- and I know withtaking this program that you're probably in that group as well, makingsure that things are led the right way and the way that it was it wasadvertised to be be. I'M NOT O. I'm standing, ut couldbemi now aitated myself right, because I wasvocal, much or twice to the hokgroup, but every else his grap s like theydidn't want t thing like you. What I'm not going to fight for you if you notpight for yourself, but I will make sure I don'it exactly, and so I have I'm fine so andnow the other is sis the last vc this last classmindo. Now the others arespeaking of Oh, I should have success. I shuld someone to I shoud up yeah. We we got some thingsaccomplished.

I know what is a joy that you have of teachingyour your little ones there great toes and I'm sure you get some ones indthere, maybe some threes. What is a joy that you have in teaching putting for the great lesson havingthem be so excited to learn and Um Hav them remember something I taughtthem and have it been effect in their life. I had this one class soon nowiwas woking at trainings school. I had this one class this child I had fromwhen he was eight N, who was twelve, my God ta was on her four years right,but I could seen grow and the KIP brings up some grammar tructure Ami osubstances, rephrase o somethone, like wouls. You lern that bcase Li. Thislong, you jun't, remember, he's Ho a TNA in the frsdid I wow, okay erater, thatit. It really is. I remember when my daughter was in grade two and I had aparent teacher meeting and I went and sat with the teacher and they bring usin like the Little Kid's desk, where they sit, the kids in the classroom,which is fine. It just gives you this perspective and after the meeting orwas five ten minutes or something I said why. Why do you teach and heranswer? It was Ha French. So we put our kid in o daughter in the Frenchemersion class, but she po English Wel, and she said it's because when at thebeginning of the year- and maybe it was great one- It was a great one she give,because at the beginning of the year they generally don't know how to read,but at the end of the year they can read, and that's that was for her. Thebig thing I'm like that is huge, because when you get up into grade fivesix, you know any of these other grades. While some kids have difficulty reading.I have difficulty reading many times now an people as they get older. Youcan't see those tha. The increments are not as not as refined as being able tosee what they can go from not reading at all justsitting down and reading something. I had this one Um stisn a KT clan. So these are fourgoing on five year olds right and when we first started, which hes in th Ab Bu, the phonics of it all and thenCD swards and on the end he drew me a picture and under wic he wrotesomething is a Pentios Alik Mki. His word wet he's so prtisive it himselfand Tao. Oh pencilation, right es a pen PN. So at H, a NOI MTIOM, my OpincilLai CIS is mothers avartons and h. He Rote it as complete Ancorrectquit, making itow N ten. If he con Ik up withAl Ri, and I felt so proud- and he was OPAALI. Look at that he's in your phonics. Itis those are the wonders of of teaching and I'm not a good teacher, and Ihaven't been doing that long doing it that long. But when you get littlemoments when a student says, I you taught me that when you know four yearsago- or here is the thing- those are those moments that I find are mostgravitating to the field of education. When students get something that youhave taught and they repeat it back to you or they show it to you in a pieceof word and there's just something to it that your heart elevates and youlike. I'm doing you know this is the rightthing. Do you think rank as ofair you're, notater, teacher 'cause, Yo, don't sell yourself don to Sol short. Well, I'mworking on it. I'm working on aow work, Ben, a better teacher. Has I'll teachus. Hopefully it's it's not it's! It's not an easyGik. It's it's teachers get you know, teachers they say get the short end ofthe stick a lot, but I think people who have a value of education understandthe value of teachers and, I think, covet nowadays, there's a running jokethat there's more parents appreciate teachers now that the r kids are homeall the time and you have some parents say or some children say I want to firemy my teacher ICAUSE, it's it's their mom or their dad and it's it is there'struth in it, though, there's a value in teachers and there's teachers like youwho obviously you've done your education in the United States, you'vedone extra programs all on your own. There's, no one pushing you to do whatyou do. What is your motivation monny? What what is driving you to do? What I do? Well, whatever I do,and do it well, Um...

Ien a bit as a teacher. I wanted the best job forMiis as possible because I ow when I was as student Yow, I wa. I want my Tiasous to to havedone what my need and for Theseis gring up Herunde my car. I Wan the best forthem, 'cause, no matter. What's going on, maybe to have a horrible home lifeat least hi could feel safe and in bolden and like the school could bea SA pated mthe, their Masas Omam at school. I want to provide that space for then Iwant Pari pace where they can be the best they can be, and I really da not mygates NAM thatArina. I really believe you're doing that too, because I know we sharedassignments and projects together and we had to critique one another, andyours were always so creative. I'm like this girl and other teachers too, butthis girl is making this stuff up. There's no way she's trying to getthese kids to be this creative, a D and thinkand and, like you, have all thesething and they amaze me 'cause, I'm like okay, okay, kids, repeat after me,I have these big projects that are they're. Wonderful for kids and thetshows that you're putting in the work and you're dedicated to your craft andthe thing that you're doing ind that you're doing well Lonnie. How canpeople get in contact? You contact with you about teaching or travelingoverseas and if you want them to contact you O, they can't one of my friends now. This is a goodfriend of mine m. He contac to me a few months ago. I 's like Iwas, I'm soafraid you know, because I've been trying county the past six months. Youwere not on what HAPD now Wech Ha Youyr face, but I was afraid that I lostconfey for Ama ee O. I butaer as I GOM CON my wedding. I E I'd, love to andThi is a good friend of mine. So I just I am very wary of Osomedia. I know Iknow you are I addat the last part Uua like I do. Ou have an email and my friendcanhame Beo, that, if not respons to anything know that I even now ge back tyouor, even if you have a suggestion on where someone could find a job in eslor how maybe you first got your contact. My first one was to my Tsoul pificationprogram, Um 'cause afternon. She saw they arraged me to get a job with eat.Up Now. There as adivition first, which is a training institution, a knew whatthere there are anomnastrading institution like they will train you,how to be a good teacher. If you allow them do and then I kindof moved on from there,so that was the linguage Corp, I think Dave Ds, l Cafa is also a goodresource. I wish they would more Oside, more asthetic, LEA pleaso. It justseems like one horrible blog, but there's of information on theethere's, a DaveYoshali. Yes, some of the jobs I'm there like some of the schools are t reputable inthis and that, but the ton of job D, Yader Resu on, is there anything else that you wouldlike to add. Lonnie on in respect of working as a teacher Um, yourexperience of traveling many years of your life and evenprofessional development as you're nearing the end of your master's degree,is anything I'd like to add for advice for people, especially those people looking intowork doest. They don't have to be teachers, but just people maybediscouraged about working trying to it's hard to find a job forthem. My sadvice is don't be afre of decen by Yoself. I know so many people who want to gofor friend or family Um, who wants to have connection the place ay're goingto and if you're waiting for someone else,you no be waiting forever, don't be afraid of go of jucia itself and know thateverything works out, horribly tryng to beconfident and yourself to know that both ofeing himself out of whateversituation you N, find yourself in because you most likely are most like.You are Gautifuland the odds of something going horribly. It might put his way low, 'cause afterlive moving living in Somany countries,...

...traveling somye places. I think thatpeople gee speakin are lovely like governments may buy ambicaby orpeople to mepeakn are lovely and very helpful, and on that, what I think you may agreeto is even though you're traveling alone, or going at it alone, you'regoing to find some people. You can lean on people that you can you'll findwhether it's like it may not look the same as where you are at home. You KnowThi, the friend that you can tell everything to or t the family member.That's always there, but you'll be able to find bits and pieces of that as yougo D and spread your wings most definite like one of my people isAprian over here he was, he lived eart as I was having a a blotle snow. Ineeded a shoulder to Cryn. He was at children and you were alsoto. Thank you. Wat We'v MAT LIKE W wo've. Never evenman, person Anderhe is being there Omaso. Thank you, Bri an I've. Nowwe've talked you and I have talked more than many of my best friends. Over thelast year we have talked a lot prelatively speaking yeah Lonni. How doyou find rest? What do you do in your list time? Whatis that Wanto that? What would you like Ye to define that for you? What woul,ee, yes NDSTAND, inrest SNA evision last year, but rest you must find somerest come on now. I was talking to you the other day and you were at arestaurant. You were using the Wifi at the restaurant. We were trying to talk.Anit wasn't interesting because I was having an emotioal episode so littleyou were out there first, though you're at the restaurant. Unless you were justLi eating, it is eating food to drown. Your Sorl, which were Notr, sorry tey'R, notmaking fun of the sors that you had. I said you were reminded me of Mydan when you're not busy what what do theyhave to do? Do you exercise Ocall, that Rusto Itis pefectate and it's enjoyable, another breast Puson ecome best,because I tend to go until I collapse like it coul be work. Hat could be. Myminactities have a lovf his. I Love Anis en everything, an push Myselfan Icrust myself and then I just can laugh, and I just like lay an my God. I can'tdo anything so what is it Qiyor, ad e Hav it doing when you're not wr, YeahDragon Building and like Dragon Boding? What is is that like getting these Chineseboats and like rowing yeah, we can't Im do it that t desert dragon on the front m? Yes, it is Oyou're hard Qarry, likeyou're you're living culturally. Over there you're, not I'm going, I try, I dance, I swi as 'm a swing dancer. So that's on there's a swinging. Dowhatis this awing DANC and I sombrela time there's Lindyhot Aboa Shag Lok, so I dithose ans and just started speaking Manderin to me: 'cause I'V, Nohjustsaid after swinging, I was what Yo bee as come. Looking up later, okay,maybe I might have to look it up. F It', but you're doing a lot of things right,T, that's actly, O a lot of Um, activeiing, physically teman and thingmhm ade yoga was. I also I Nani S. DO' like tniei thing to love it, but then Isto fot, my bodys, like you, have to Brash Li, but I enjoy all the tins somuch I by like M. No, I not you, and so this is something afterword that I hadto rekonsing no, and I had to work on really giving myself UNTRESSD Eg, as a teacher is tiring in a day eEtire, but I'm like, but I have to get I Togo dancing. I have to get enmergybecause I has a yellow so different. My enat yeah our minds, your minds, gettired in your bodies need oe Magdoty and honestly. I Dido have just collapse et healthy, so ISD, I need a work insaying no to things wellonihad lasting more. Well then,take that evice that I mean I don't know what the definition afrest is. I'mjust asking what it is I like to run or do some activities to me. That's rest!It's not from outside of work. I guess...

...anything that you like to do outside ofwork and in some way I guess it rests your body so that you can have I nice,peaceful and rescipule sleep Aybemaybe, not lony. I appreciate yourtime here. I have one more question: If the viewers here would drive to mychannel, hit the not vacation button and find why we work, I wouldappreciate that Lanni final question: Why do you work m most of EANTER? I need money to live and Pusia provided the most basicall ante. I getbiled on that nodobt I waswhat was the a I wanted workbuilt on. I sorry before afer e interests, R etmeinterest, yeah pesuing interests- I mean without money you probably can'tgo dragon boat racing, no, no yoga, member Iman, I'm leating iu now and I know you're living on e Hog. Nowyou living you Livin in a pent house, you're living in e, luxurious apartment, one would har anything, but that'sthat's the reason we work is to do tha. Some of these things, whether it's haveyou ever bought a car in China- is that possible. I've never asked anyone epospil. I wouldn't want to go TESA goodand money than you're wise Balani. I appreciate your time and I'msure you and I will be talking again and take care, and I know that you're,a great teacher and all this extra stuff is just, as you said at thebeginning, maybe for your resume, because you're already doing it you'rea dedicated teacher willing to do all that you can to help children Ron S worHAP. Thank you for listening to this episode, O why we werewit Rinibe sureto subscribe, follow and share with other mens o they two canbe encouraged.There were, I hope, that you have yourself inproductive, anjoyful Dayin,your work.

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