International Teacher Podcast
By Matt, Kent, Jacqueline, & Greg
International Teacher PodcastNov 13, 2022
ITP - 63 What Makes an Excellent Candidate for International?
We have discussed this before, but now we have added a bright new cohost. Jacqueline of JPMint joins our team with many years of overseas experiences, not only with a woman's perspective, but as a Canadian, a veteran international teacher, an administrator, a recruitment coach, and a consultant for international teachers.
JP starts off by quizzing the boys on what makes a great candidate but doesn't hesitate to join in with Kent making fun of Greg.
JP has pushed us into the old world of FaceBook with our new group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/itpexpat and Kent promises to join his cat on an ITP TikTok.
Enjoy the show.
ITP - 62 Camila -A Brazilian Teaching Overseas in the USA
Camila is the creator of the website The Multicultural Education Project www.themulticulturaledproject.com/
Camila's Instagram Handle is @mscamilavasconcelos
ITP - 61 Burn Bright, Not Out! with author Sybil Hall
ITP - 60 Kent and Greg Beginning of a School Year
We have started off the new school year with a new casual chat episode. We set aside the video chat, headphones, and desktop mics to use our lapel mics and comfy chairs in a fireside chat format.
In this episode, Kent digs deeper into the "10 Reasons NOT to be an International Teacher" from Greg's book, Finding the Right Fit.
ITP - 59 Georgia and Christine Join us from Boston
Reaching out from Boston and Las Vegas, Georgia and Christine have a discussion with Greg about life balance. [Their] Making the Grade podcast is for current and former teachers to share notes, define success & assess their own happiness in the classroom and beyond.
Join us as we play "this or that", a game that all teachers can relate to and navigate to the Making the Grade podcast or website to keep up with two former elementary teachers that have moved on to new, successful chapters in their careers.
This episode was originally recorded in May of 2023.
ITP - 58 David in Singapore
Listen to this joyful episode as Kent (the cat guy) and Greg (the single guy) interview David about Singapore, speaking Japanese, and a few exciting police stories.
ITP - 57 Ilonka in Cairo
Meet Ilonka, a German international teacher living in Cairo. She's been around the world. Greg meets her for the first time just three minutes before the interview. Listen in on the conversation as Ilonka shares her stories like being interviewed at a principal's house over a bottle of wine, dancing on the school desks (or not), and spending way too much money on real books. The opportunity to teach overseas is not just a well kept secret in the USA. It's a secret shared around the world.
ITP - 55 Diversity in International School Leadership
Join us as we go behind the scenes of the Diversity Collective. Alan Phan and Aparna Sundaram, cofounders of the Diversity Collective, have each spent more than twenty years in international schools around the world. Navigate to their website as you listen: https://www.diversityfair.org/https://www.diversityfair.org/
The best written words to describe this dynamic duo are their website header: A Recruiting and Consulting Agency that Advances DiversityThe Diversity Collective, a POC-owned and operated organization, works to place exceptional leaders and educators in schools. As a facilitator between educators and partner schools committed to strengthening their leadership, we work to bridge the current diversity gap seen at schools around the world.
Beyond those meaningful words, listen to this episode and hear their voices.
ITP - 54 Jason Lasky - Renaissance Man (China, Nigeria, Russia, Armenia, Singapore...and more)
Jason Lasky weaves his international stories together as only a playwright can. Join us for our discussion about theatre, teaching, family and so much more. Jason's passion is a chaos theory of sorts. Failure leads to failure leads to "Ahh!". Jason is a true renaissance man in the arts, a messenger of joy, and a father of three.
Here are just a few of the links to Jason's works:
https://theitmpodcast.podbean.com/ Jason Produces the International Teacher Magazine Podcast.
See an Jason's interview on The Home Audio Project. Jason is interviewed about being a professional narrator.
ITP - 53 Mary Noble in Beirut
Mary Noble is the Middle School Principle at American Community School of Beirut (ACS) in Lebanon. Her message is for teachers not to "burn out". Don't leave the career of teaching unless you have explored the benefits of the overseas experience. Mary has taught in Alaska, Thailand, Oregon, Egypt, Dubai, and now in Lebanon. She was a single mom for some of the time and moved between the USA and overseas several times. Listen to this episode and learn from this amazing educator.
ITP - 52 Valerie & Dillan (Part1 Prior to Overseas)
This is the first episode of a series focusing on Dillan and Valerie, a teaching couple new to international. They began their journey back in 2022 when they began their research and signed a contract. Once they arrive in their new country and have taught a bit through the 2023-24 school year, they will record another episode with us and check in about their experiences. We hope you enjoy hearing about the beginning of their journey.
ITP -51 Kindergarten at 60 Behind the Scenes with Dian
In this episode, meet Dian Seidel. She is a newly published author of Kindergarten at 60: A Memoir of Teaching in Thailand. You can pre-order her book on Amazon now, or after you hear this exciting interview. Imagine at age 60, after retiring from Governmental Science career, you decide you want to give back to society by teaching adults. Then add a twist and decide to teach somewhere outside of the comfort of your own country. Finally, when you arrive to teach, your students are the exact opposite of adults. Listen in.
"Teacher Dian" and "Teacher Steve" are the epitome of ACTIVE RETIREMENT.
Enjoy this episode.
ITP - 50 JPMint Consulting Celebrates One Year
Welcome to our 50th episode of the International Teacher Podcast. It is also our 2 year anniversary. We welcome back Jacqueline Mallais, the founder of JPMint Consulting, for her second guest appearance on our show. Jacqueline has established herself as a consultant extraordinaire for current and soon-to-be international teachers. Listen in as she celebrates her successes and future goals. At some point, JP orchestrates a TikTok challenge with Greg the single guy.
This is a must listen episode for any international teacher that is ready to move on to their next school, any current teachers thinking about going abroad to teach, and all pre-service teachers that aren't sure whether international teaching is meant for them.
Congratulations Jacqueline! Your clients are lucky to have you as their coach.
ITP - 49 The Authors of the New Normal Books
Kent and Greg interview two international teachers currently in Spain and Thailand during their Gap Year. Kevin and Matt are the authors behind the best selling international teaching books dubbed "The New Normal" . This interview sheds light on how they co-authored both books from opposite ends of the world, but still give credit to the other teachers that wrote the stories. All proceeds from their books go to the Children of Haiti. Join us to hear how they put it all together.
You want to read stories about international teachers around the world, so click over to Amazon and purchase these two books by Kevin Duncan and Matt Minor:
ITP 48 - Richard Byrne, Tech Guru Helping Teachers
Meet the Tech Guru that created freetech4teachers.com over almost two decades ago. Richard was freezing in Maine while we recorded this. He is a proud father, teacher, guest speaker, and technology wiz that empowers teachers world-wide. Take one of his online courses if you want to beef up your classroom tech skills. He focuses on a lot of free technology. Join us as we share stories about customs and famous people, trends in educational technology, and oil trucks. Some of the other Links from this discussion:
Ed Tech Gurus Richard Mentions
Gary Stager http://professorgarystager.com/about-gary
Vicki Davis. https://www.coolcatteacher.com/about-vicki-davis/
Beth Holland - https://brholland.com/
BooksFree: The Future of a Radical Price (2009) by Chris Anderson Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (2020 reprint) Pedalling to Kailash: Cycling Adventures and Misadventures Across the Roof of the World by Graydon Hazenberg (2021) Video: Visual Rubrics - Part 1: Getting Started by Greg KulowiecApp Creation Software/Website: MIT APP Inventor 2 Video Game Creation Webtool: Construct 3 (Free & Paid Versions)
ITP 47 - Jeff Torchon - First Year International Teacher in Japan
ITP 46 - The ISS Job Fair in Washington DC
Join us as Kent interviews Greg the Single Guy about his experiences at the ISS (International School Services) International Educator Recruiting Fair of 2023 in that was held in Washington D.C. from February 9 - 12. Is Greg leaving the desert? How many Candidates were at the fair? Greg has a few funny stories and a scary US Customs story to share.Finding the Right Fit: Your Professional Guide for International Educator Recruiting Fairs and Amazing Stories of a Teacher Living Overseas
ITP 45 - Working with Classroom Data
In this episode, Kent and Greg interview Data Specialist and famous author, Matthew B. Courtney, about tools for teachers to access and interpret the real data collected in the classroom. According to Matthew, "Working with data can be hard, but it doesn't have to be!" Join us for a deep dive into Matthew's website https://www.matthewbcourtney.com/tools and the easy-to-use data tools he offers for free.
Get Your Copy of the Following Great Reads
Greg's (the single guy) Book:
Matthew's Published books:
Adventure in Action Research https://www.matthewbcourtney.com/product-page/adventures-in-action-research
Exploratory Data Analysis in the Classroom https://www.matthewbcourtney.com/product-page/exploratory-data-analysis-in-the-classroom
Matthew's other recommended books:
High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley
Academia Obscura: The Hidden Silly Side of Higher Education by Glen Wright
ITP 44 - Scott Schaffner - International Recruiting Advice
Scott Schaffner is a long time International Teacher and Administrator. You may have seen his name mentioned on the Pacake on a Stick Newsletter or even taught with him at some point in Poland, Vietnam, Netherlands, or Dubai. Scott is currently living with his family in Poland and consulting for International Teachers. The first half of this episode we get to know Scott and hear about his experiences. The second half we discuss international recruiting. Scott has been on both sides of the International Teaching interview table, so this episode is packed with advice. Enjoy this powerful episode.
Scott's Consultancy website is: www.jobhunthelp.org
ITP 43 - Angela and Darian from the "Aramco Schools"
This week Greg and Kent talk to two teachers from SAES - commonly known as the “Aramco Schools”.
Angela and Darian discuss compound life and the pros and cons of being a teacher at a huge cooperation.
You can hear more of Angela and Darian’s new podcast: “Just to Know You” at:
Check out the new ITP podcast at:
ITP 42 - International Music Teachers with Chris
Music teachers are special people. Chris Koelma, founder of Music Teachers in International Schools, joins us from The Netherlands. To talk about music teachers and the resources his website has to offer newbies and veterans alike. Found out more about his passion projects and his opinion on teacher recorder to students.
Links mentioned in the episode:
Music Teachers in International Schools:
Check us out at our new website for The ITP:
ITP 41 - Let's Talk China. An interview with Brantley of Dwight Schools
Links mentioned in this episode:
Dwight schools website: www.dwight.edu/about/global-network
Dwight Hanoi: www.dwighthanoi.org/
Peter Hessler - New Yorker: www.newyorker.com/contributors/peter-hessler
Evan Osnos - www.evanosnos.com/
Jeremy Goldkorn is the editor-in-chief of the website formerly known as SupChina, www.thechinaproject.com
James McGregor jamesmcgregor-inc.com/contact/
"Holiday in Cambodia" from the Dead Kennedys www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTsXHXMkJA
Brantley via Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/brantley-turner-%E9%BE%99%E6%A2%85-39858ba7
ITP 40 - Susan in Switzerland
Join Kent and Greg while they interview Susan about Egypt, Singapore, Canada, and Switzerland. Sue and her husband Grant have been overseas since 2004 with their two girls so she has a lot of stories to share. We dare you to enjoy this episode.
International Teacher Podcast has a new website at www.itpexpat.com
ITP - 39 Behind the Scenes with the brand new Educators Going Global
Join Kent and Greg in this outstanding interview with David and Audrey from Educators Going Global. Educators Going Global has not been published yet. We are all waiting for sometime in December of 2022, for the website and podcast to be born. This is an exciting interview on many levels. David and Audrey share stories about International in the '90s in the days before internet. Is that possible? If you would like to connect with David or Audrey their email is email@example.com.
ITP - 38 Introducing JPMint Consulting!
Jacqueline P Mallais M.Ed., M.A., originally from Ottawa, joins us from beautiful Guadalajara, Mexico. Greg learns he needs a cover letter and Kent learns we aren't as special as we think we are. Jacqueline offers an excellent resource for those of us that aren't quite sure what is needed on a CV (resume') or cover letter for International Teaching Recruitment. To quote Jacqeline: "I've applied for lots of jobs I haven't gotten interviews for, but there's very few jobs I've interviewed for that I haven't gotten."
Hire JPMint Consulting before you start recruiting. Navigate to https://www.jpmintconsulting.com.
ITP - 37 Meet Francesca Spencer, International Teacher and Author
Francesca Spencer joins ITP from London, where she is in between international teaching jobs and writing. She teaches to support her writing habit! Greg and Francesca share stories and talk about her four books. Navigate to her website FrancescaSpencerAuthor.com for a free copy of her book: Vietnam's Most Wanted. Read about how she escaped a Covid lock down in Vietnam!
ITP - 36 Helping New Staff at School AND Recruiting Season Begins
The three of us discuss how we, as seasoned teachers in an international school, help new staff navigate their first few weeks. Being the new teacher at an international school overseas is not easy. It's not necessarily the teaching. It's everything else that you have to get through in a foreign country.
It's also the beginning of recruiting season. If you are planning on recruiting for the 23-24 school year, now is the time to start looking. Get some great tips from this discussion. Start with some online research. Sign up for some key recruiting tools. Choose an International Teacher Job Fair like Search Associates, AASSA, UNI, or ISS.
If nothing else, the social antics of this episode will entertain you!
The International Teacher Podcast is simply three teachers that have been teaching and living overseas. We love to share advice and stories about the best kept secret in education: Overseas Teaching.
ITP - 35 First Day of School Stories
Matt is back to celebrate the first day of school. Hear stories about this year's first day and go back into history as all three of us share memories of the First Day of Teaching, Ever. Matt was a bit rusty calling attention to our social media. You can find us:
Facebook.........nahhh. Maybe at some point.
ITP-34 Nomadicteachers - Elliot's free International Teacher Research Tool!
Welcome to a long overdue podcast! Elliot is an international teacher in Hong Kong who originally recorded this with Greg back in March 2022. When he isn't skateboarding in the vast urban areas of the city, Eliot is maintaining a useful, research-based website for all of us. Nomadicteachers.com is a free database that allows you to match your interests with schools all over the globe. Elliot wanted to match his love of Mandarin, with skateboarding and teaching. Shazam! Now you can go to his site and find a school to match your passions. Listen in as Greg and Elliot discuss the website tool, traveling through Indonesia, coffee in Vietnam, and a few new "cop stories". Enjoy this episode!
Navigate to www.nomadicteachers.com while you listen to the episode.
ITP-33 Lindsay Leaves Budapest for Bangkok!
Lindsay is a seasoned International Teacher that shares her thoughts with us as she prepares to leave Budapest after 8 years and heads for a new position in Bangkok.
If you haven't bought Greg's new book yet, buy it and read it now to prepare for a job fair.
You can find her on Twitter @MsMTeachesELLs.
ITP - 32 Summer's Done, Back to International School
ITP goes back to school and back online. Greg shares a little about his scuba trip to Indonesia. Kent explains what a state of Washington old people farm is. Join us as we dust off the podcast mics and laugh at our own stories. Matt the family guy will soon be back.
ITP - 31 Rose in Turkey
Join Rose and Greg in a conversation centered around Rose's first year teaching, first year international and first year of real hardship. What to do if you land in a school that just isn't the right fit for you? Do you leave? Stay? Find out the great news about Rose's situation as her story unfolds and she looks forward to next school year.
Greg mentions several books in this episode. Click on the linked titles to find them on Amazon.
Little Girls Can Be Mean. ( bullying in the early years)
Queen Bees and Wannabees. (Girls & bullying in Middle and High School)
Masterminds and Wingmen. (Boys & bullying in Middle and High School)
First Days of School. (The Favorite book for First Year Teachers for a very long time.)
Finding the Right Fit. (Recruiting Fairs & stories from around the world.)
ITP-30 Learn about Int'l Schools
In this Episode, Greg interviews the Creator of International School Community (ISC). ISC is a vital online tool for anyone in education that is looking to teach overseas. Greg goes behind the scenes to learn more about the this bountiful, data-driven, international school website and why you should trust the vast amount of information it provides. Navigate to https://www.internationalschoolcommunity.com to create a free account. If you become an ambassador and add information about your current school or life in your country, you can access the member tools at no cost.
ITP-29 What are Recruiters Looking for (Pt.2)
Roberto Santos is the Head of School at International School Eastern Seaboard, located near Pataya, Thailand. In this special episode, Greg and Mr. Santos have an in-depth discussion about what (in our opinions) many international superintendents are looking for in international educator candidates.
If you haven't purchased a copy of "Finding the Right Fit: Your Professional Guide for International Educator Recruiting Fairs and Amazing Stories of a Teacher Living Overseas", you are missing out on a lot of information.
As a listener, get your free eBook copy. I'd love it if you wrote an honest review on Amazon. Limited to the first 100 listeners downloads.
Navigate to BookBaby, Greg's publisher, using the coupon code 4SWEPX.
ITP-28 International Border Crossings
Matt and Greg discuss traveling through customs and the art of pre-planning a trip. What happened at the DeGaul Airport? And Greg's long story about border crossings on his trip around the North Eastern countries of South America (Venezuela to Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and Suriname).
ITP-27 Teaching Couple in Ecuador, India, and Back to USA
Join Greg and Chantal as we talk about health care overseas. Getting treated at a first class Hospital in India within a day or two, no waiting list. Taking a Zero off of any USA bill for medical in India. Chantal also addresses the challenges she and her husband had in Ecuador with Safety, and a an incident in India almost worthy of an episode of Law and Order.
ITP-26 Three Expats and a Microphone 1 Year Laughing Anniversary
For our 1 year anniversary, join all three cohosts to laugh. We look back and look ahead. Instead of Cop stories, we share Snow Skiing in the Middle East or Scotland stories. Kent and Matt remind you, our listeners, to join Greg's mom by buying Greg's book "Finding the Right Fit" online at:
or at any of your favorite online book stores.
Thank you to all of our listeners. Welcome all current international teachers or admin! We would love to have you on our show as a guest.
ITP-25 A Fantastic Recruiting TOOL, China, Dubai, Korea
Listen to Greg talk to Tony Deprato about the Pancake on a Stick Recruiting newsletter. It comes out weekly and pushes International Teaching Openings directly to your mailbox. Tony talks about China and Dubai, a little bit of Korea, and why his newsletter is called Pancake on a Stick.
Sign up for the best newsletter in international education. Pancake on a stick.
Read the new book by Greg the Single Guy. Download it at Amazon. "Finding the Right Fit" is a step by step guide through the big three International Teacher Recruiting Fairs.
ITP-24 Jenn and Greg Talk MakerSpaces in Luxembourg
Jenn is a TCK (Third Culture Kid) that later, ended up overseas to AbuDhabi, Oman, and now in Luxembourg. We talk about recruiting, MakerSpaces, and discuss some of the differences in international schools. Join us for this exciting episode.
ITP-23 they | their | them Andy Nelson addresses LGBTQ from Tokyo, Japan.
Andy joins us from Japan and shares stories of teaching and living in Japan as an LGBTQ teacher. At the ripe age of 26, Andy is in his second year of international teaching, but they started by teaching English in the JET program. The day before they and their Japanese partner had to move apartments, Andy took the time to join ITP and let other LGBTQ teachers know there is support out there for teachers like them!
Listeners can connect with Andy on Instagram @nd.mllr and check out the special Diversity Collective Website for LGBTQ by navigating to http://thediversityfair.org as mentioned in this episode.
One correction on the link for TIE (The International Educator). Navigate to https://www.tieonline.com
For Greg's new book navigate to https://store.bookbaby.com/bookshop/book/index.aspx?bookURL=Finding-the-Right-FIt
For International Schools navigate to https://www.iss.edu/services/teacher-recruitment
For University of Northern Iowa (UNI) navigate to https://teachoverseas.uni.edu/
For Search Associates navigate to https://www.searchassociates.com/school-services/recruiting.aspx
Thank you for being our guest Andy!
ITP-22 Kristin joins us from Colombia
Kristin Montgomery shares her vast experience to explain the different kinds of schools she has worked in. Kristin has been in Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and even Wisconsin as a teacher. Join our conversation and hear her cop story involving Berliner handcuffs.
Kristin maintains a website helpful to international teachers called Growing Global Citizens. https://growingglobalcitizens.com/
ITP-21 Our Episode Worth Millions
ITP-20 Three Kinds of Vacation for International Educators?
Matt, Greg, and Kent share their stories about the winter holidays. Each experienced a different kind of vacation. Single guy on a dive trip. A married couple heads home to the USA. A family staycation, digging for fossils and attending MIDDLE BEAST. Listen to what some international teachers do for fun on holidays.
ITP-19 When You Land in a New Country - Onboarding!
Every International School has a different onboarding - arrival - process. Kent and Greg discuss their experiences and some possible situations of onboarding with different schools. What happens when you initially land in a new country for an international school position? Get a glimpse of some examples to stir up some questions you might ask during an interview for an international school.
ITP-18 What are Recruiters looking for in International Candidates?
Kent and Greg are seasoned International Teachers sitting around talking about what recruiters are looking for in teacher candidates. Their discussion is based on experiences as teachers, not recruiters. Have some fun. Learn something more about teaching at a school around the globe.
ITP-17 Expat Summer Recap
What is it like for these microphone racers during the summer? Hear about the difference between the summer of a single guy versus a family guy as we recount our travels home.
ITP-16 A Teaching Couple and Their Cats in New Delhi, India.
Aaron and Tabitha are an international teaching couple that teach elementary homerooms. Join us for an enjoyable interview about starting in the USA and moving to India for three years. At the end is a remarkable cat-tastrophe story you HAVE to hear.
ITP-15 Teaching PE in Abu Dhabi and Dubai
Kent joins as a Cohost while Matt is traveling. Join us as we interview Jim about life and teaching PE in the Middle Eastern countries of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Yes, we laugh a lot between stories.
ITP-14 Japan as Home for 14 Years.
Tom started out teaching for the JET program in Japan. After five years, he was hired by the Ministry of Education to train teachers. Listen to what he is doing now, after 14 years of Japanese life and two Kids in the family.
ITP-13 Finances for International Educators with Eric
When you leave North America to teach in countries around the world, you are in charge of your savings and financial future. Social Security may not be in the picture any more. Listen to our guest Eric's advice on saving early and focusing on your lifestyle overseas. Learn. Enjoy.