Sue is a graduate of Shimer College, one of a handful of Great Books Colleges. After working in the business world, she returned to school, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, to get her teaching license. She taught for an extended length of time in the inner-city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She returned to school to obtain a Master’s degree which incorporated a Reading teacher license as well as a Learning Disabilities license. Prior to leaving for Bhutan, she was a specialized reading teacher whose focus was early intervention. She is anxiously waiting the opportunity to observe the culture of Bhutan from an inside perspective, while doing what she loves to do, namely teach. Sue is heading to teach English at Chamgang Gatshel Lower Secondary School which is just outside of Thimphu district.
Although Lisa is currently “homeless”, she is very lucky to have called so many amazing places home at different times of her life. She has just finished up one year of volunteer teaching in Africa with her boyfriend, Scott. They spent their time with extremely bright Maasai students in northern Tanzania learning more than they taught, and during their off time traveled around East Africa. Prior to that, Lisa lived in Wrangell, Alaska for four years working as a newspaper and public radio reporter. Wrangell, an island community of 1800 people, is where she became acquainted with small-town living and fun activities like king salmon fishing, berry picking, and stomping around in the rain. While in Alaska, Lisa also tried deckhanding on a commercial fishing boat in Bristol Bay and worked for StoryCorps, an oral history project, in the frigid arctic of Barrow. Other teaching experiences involve two years at Lingnan University in Hong Kong where Lisa was a visiting tutor for the English Department and a summer teaching in Xian, China. Lisa is looking forward to the challenges and rewards that come with teaching students at Kanglung Primary School in Eastern Bhutan.
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Ian comes to BCF from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. When at home he lives in a century old house in South Australia’s capital city, Adelaide. Ian has taught English in China, Japan and most recently, Thailand. He enjoys the challenge of surviving as a minority foreigner and learning about new cultures and countries.He has had a number of jobs ranging from selling Life Insurance to working with people from refugee backgrounds and coordinating volunteers for a major refugee NGO, to a healthy stretch of customer service in the retail sector. He had a gap 30 years and only recently returned to university to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. He enjoys cycling, walking, cooking, photography and playing ping pong. Ian is very much looking forward to the new challenge of living and teaching in Eastern Bhutan. He will be teaching English in Rangjung Lower Secondary school. He feels lucky to have been given the chance and hopes that he can rise to the task.
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Jean Daniel has been posted to Bidung Lower Secondary School in eastern Bhutan to teach Math and Science to grades 4 to 6.