About Me

My name is Amanda Isberg. I am the Second Grade teacher at an American International school called, Escuela Las Morochas, in Venezuela. During the next school year I will be teaching third grade at CIC Valencia, also in Venezuela.

My interest in teaching began while working on my Bachelors of Arts in International Studies at the University of Oregon (graduated June 2007).  I interned in Yokusuka, Japan and Gaeta, Italy for three months each at a summer camp while earning elective credits at my university. I loved the experience of working with children while living overseas and I began thinking about becoming a teacher full time. My decision to work with children overseas was further strengthened by a four-month experience teaching ESL as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan.

While interning with Camp Adventure Youth Services through the University of Northern Iowa I had the opportunity to see some amazing places in Italy!

While interning with Camp Adventure Youth Services through the University of Northern Iowa I had the opportunity to see some amazing places in Italy!

I officially began my teaching career in the United States as a second grade intern teacher while I was completing my Master of Arts in Teaching at Lewis & Clark College in August 2009. After graduating and getting my teaching license, I was a substitute teacher in Portland, Oregon in grades pre-kindergarten through grade eight.

Following my passion to teach while discovering new cultures, I taught ECE at the American School Foundation of Chiapas (in Mexico).  I then moved to the Eastern hemisphere and taught second grade at an international school in Beijing, China. Desiring a return to sunny Latin America where I could speak Spanish and dance salsa to my heart’s content, I found Escuela Las Morochas.

When not actively teaching, I love to try new recipes, salsa dancing, practice yoga, and explore new places.

19 responses to “About Me

    • Thanks for visiting! I am hoping to dig up my journals about my time in Azerbaijan and blog about it. I was last in Azerbaijan in 2007 so I’m sure some things have changed, however, I still get a lot of questions about Azerbaijan because there aren’t a lot of expats and travelers who go there.

  1. It is interesting to read about you and checking your blog. I have some admiration and respect for teachers…and same follows to you. Regards.

    • Thank you for visiting my blog! I love reading about the experiences of other teachers so I thought I should contribute my own thoughts to the blogosphere.

  2. Hello Amanda and fellow 201 blogger. I am a product of the international school system and I love your blog title, teaching Wanderlust. I look forward to reading about your adventures. (PS- I’m a recovered salsaholic :)

  3. Hi Teaching Wanderlust, I am nominating you for the Liebster Award.

The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog.The rules of the competition are:

    The nominate must provide a link to the person who nominated them.
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    Provide 11 facts about yourself.

    Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
    
Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.

    Have fun!

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      • I have been here since October last year so not that long! Turkey is an awesome country, so much variety and differences between the different parts. If you are interested in finding out more I have written about my travels around the country. Unfortunately I will be leaving soon, moving on to new adventures but I definitely recommend it!

  5. Hey girl! Glad I stumbled across your blog – I spent a year studying at the University of Oregon and had the BEST time! I’m also a teacher now, and hoping to live and travel abroad with it soon. I look forward to reading more about your adventures.

    • Welcome to the blog!

      Don’t you love UO? I was an excellent high school student with a great scholarship that would pay 90% of “unmet need” to any school in Oregon or Northern California, and the only school I applied to was UO…because I fell in love with the campus while visiting friends. haha. It all worked out for the best!

      Good luck getting your first international teaching job!

      • Wow – I’m not surprised. The campus is beautiful! I miss it there everyday…the football games, Milky Way cafe, the spinach dip from the halls canteen haha.
        Thank you! Got a job here in England for September but only planning on sticking around a year or two before searching abroad :) x

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