Why I Left My Public School Job in Oklahoma to Teach in Abu Dhabi

This story appears in VICE Magazine's Power and Privilege Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.

It was 2009 and I was ready to go out and change the world.

Armed with years of studying best practices and effective pedagogies, I’d spent that entire summer interviewing for education jobs in my native Oklahoma’s public school system. But it seemed that no positions were available for someone with no experience, like myself, then a 22-year-old fresh out of college. Finally, months later, I...

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