My name is Amanda Isberg. I am the Grade Two PYP Teacher at an American international school called, Schutz American School, in Egypt. I have been teaching at international schools overseas for more than 10 years and I hope to share my journey with you here on this blog!
My interest in teaching began while working on my Bachelors of Arts in International Studies at the University of Oregon. I interned in Yokosuka, Japan, and Gaeta, Italy for three months each at summer camps 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.
I officially began my teaching career in the United States as a second-grade intern teacher while I was completing a 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 Pre-K 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. While teaching full-time at ELM I also managed to complete a Master of Education through Framingham University. Wanting to work at a bigger school with more opportunities, I moved within Venezuela to teach third grade at CIC Valencia.
After taking a break to go home to Oregon where I had my son while surrounded by family and friends, I began teaching Grade Two PYP at Surabaya Intercultural School when my son was only 6 months old! While I was home for one school year, I had to opportunity to work as a Direct Support Professional (aka life coach for people with disabilities) which has helped provide me with extra training to support students with intelectual and physical disabilities.
When not actively teaching, I am usually chasing after my son, trying new recipes, salsa dancing, practicing yoga, and exploring new places.