I wanted to update you on our email conversation of several months ago when I was working at – “name withheld to protect teacher”.
I am now back in the US and returning to my previous school employer. I am grateful that I have a full-time job in these difficult economic times.
But my experience at my overseas school was the most difficult of my professional career. I thank you for your words of support at a tough time. Things did not measurably improve. I was, however, able to request an amicable resignation from my year contract. The health insurance coverage offered by the school did not cover medical care I needed. As an American not paying host national taxes, I was not eligible to take advantage of the local public health plan. I hope that you advise any potential international teacher to check, and check again any limitations on the health care available by their school or host country. This was NOT made clear to me when I asked these questions in my interview with the director at the recruiting fair .
I have written a review on the ISR web site which expresses my sentiments about my experience at this school. I am sorry my review could not have been more positive. In desire for brevity and to not disclose my identity, I left out so, so many things. But if you have any of our email exchange archived, you may wish to review the emails and refresh your memory about the absolutely atrocious and chilling environment I and many colleagues encountered there. In fact, since I last wrote, the administration sought the ouster of several teachers without due process or respecting contractual rights. So many good people were hurt personally and professionally by this person and his cohort. If I ever get the chance to meet you in person, I would tell you more.
At least I am safe now and away from that situation. Thank you again for your words at a difficult time. They meant so much to me.
Glad to be home