My students were the sole element that made my time in Thailand fully complete. I’ve never had a job prior to this that excited and inspired me so when I awoke each morning. If I was homesick, actually sick, or simply in a bad mood, I could always count on my students to cheer me up.
Every time I walked into the classroom, someone screamed, “PLEASE STAND UP!” Followed by, “GOOOOD MORNING, TEACHA!” Each day was sobering and refreshing, standing up in front of so many young humans who were so genuinely and collectively happy to be right where they were at any given moment. And better yet, I was in charge of what and how they would learn that day?! Bring it on.
I was lucky enough to teach the same group of about 110 students for my entire 3 semester stint at Amnuayvidhya School. I moved with them from second to third grade and thoroughly enjoyed watching them blossom socially, mentally, physically and educationally.