Me? A Teacher? Huh? How did this happen….


I’m not a teacher!! But somehow I find myself teaching English to three Panamanian women….sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. And right now, in my life, the flow seems to be… me teaching English, who’d a thunk?. I never looked for opportunities to teach English, but in my mind when something just drops in your lap, why not give it a shot? Here’s how this came about…. I’ve talked about my good friend Valerie, she and I have really developed a great friendship and we just enjoy each other’s company tremendously. I’m very sad to say that she and her husband are moving back to the states to care for her aging mother who has Alzheimer’s. My heart aches at the thought of her not being here anymore but more than anything I’m really glad she’s following her heart and doing what she feels she needs to do. So, her departure is what has opened up the opportunity for me to teach English classes. You see, Valerie has been teaching English because she inherited the opportunity from a good friend of hers who also moved back to the states. As a matter of fact my friend Aris who I meet with once a week to practice my Spanish with is another of Valerie’s former students. Aris is learning English and I’m getting a bit of Spanish practice in at the same time. Now Valerie has introduced me to Rosemary and Elisabeth, sisters, who both are very serious about learning English. I will be meeting with them two times a week at Rosemary’s home. And there’s another possible student, a trainer at the gym that I just started going to. Apparently this young man is interviewing with Copa Airlines and needs to improve his English. So I may meet him this week and hopefully start getting together with him to practice one time a week. I’m nervous about this new development, me teaching, but mostly thrilled to dive into the challenge of a new experience. It’s also a great opportunity for me to develop relationships with more Panamanians .

So I will have students everyday but Friday! I just hope I can handle this new gig because I’ve never ever been a teacher, and although I know I’m an expert at chatting , I don’t know that I’m much of an expert at teaching English! But, like everything we try in life, we just have to give it our best shot. Which is what I’ll do. I have a great app on my ipad that I can use, called Dualingo, which is really a fun way to learn. I’ve been using it with Aris and she really likes it a lot, so we shall see what Rosemary and Elisabeth think of it. I really appreciate Valerie inviting me to take over and introducing me to these lovely women. There’s just no way I would have offered to teach anyone English, not in a million years, but like I said, I’m game to give almost anything a try! So I’m pleased it came my way and no matter what, I’ll make new friends and learn something new. Just one more Adventure in my life to dive into!

About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

7 responses »

  1. Holly, Holly, Holly, I don’t understand what you are so worried about, you have something special that draws people to you, I know because I was one of them, can’t explain what it is, but it’s there, when I first meet you I thought to myself this person would be a great friend, you also have the gift of gab, so please don’t worry, you will do great, these people are lucky to have you.


  2. Holly – I hope that you can get them to teach you a bit of their language at the same time you are teaching them English. Turn about is fair play. And I know how much you want to be able to speak the Panamanian Language. I am so proud that you have the nerve to take on this wonderful Challenge and opportunity.

  3. I think you’ll be great. You have recent experience as a language student, so now you’re just on the other side of the equation. You’re kind, patient, and non judgmental, and understanding of how difficult it is to learn a language. That’s 99% of it right there!

  4. You can do it. Start with simplicity an encorporate life skills and real world experiences which all will provide an immersion experience. Have fun and try your best. That’s the best advice…oh, that and keep your wonderful sense of humor through it all. Lol.

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