I wish all people could have a job that exhausts and energizes them at the same time; that is exactly what I am lucky enough to have. And although at night when I fall into bed, I am 100% worn out, my head is still teeming with all the great things I encountered that day and the things I know I will encounter the next. Here are just a few from this week (in no particular order).
1. I met with the wife of the Danish Ambassador to Lebanon. He was at our school to talk with my partner (in our International Office) about a collaboration between our campus and a school in Lebanon. So while they were talking, his wife (who is Vietnamese but moved to Canada as a refugee 20+ years ago) and I visited about our finding a school in Vietnam with whom we could establish a partnership. We actually sat together at my laptop and wrote an email to her friend who is a high school principal there. I wrote my part in English and then she translated it into Vietnamese. Doesn't get much cooler than that!
2. I received an email from one of my former Gymnasium students this week. She is in the US for 6 weeks and will be attending a college course while she is there. She wrote that when they started their work on the first day, the teacher made references to both "A Raisin in the Sun" and "Grapes of Wrath" and she just wanted to tell me....And then she actually asked me for recommendations of other books she could get to read while she was there! A request that ALWAYS warms a literature teacher's heart!
3. I saw the latest draft for the brand new website for "Det Internationale Elevcenter" and it looks FABULOUS! We should be ready to go LIVE next week!
4. And last but CERTAINLY not least.
My 3rd class started To Kill a Mockingbird this week. We read Chapter 1 together in class and then they had to read chapters 2 and 3 for today. The class only has 6 boys in it, but I have to say they are ALL awesome even though they are a few in number. One of them came up to me after class and said, "Ok I think I can understand why you told us this is your favorite book and is a must-read for everyone."
I told him that was GREAT to hear but I was a little shocked that he felt that way after only having read 3 chapters.
"Are you kidding; I couldn't stop. I am already on chapter 7."
SCORE another one for HARPER LEE!!!