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Hi Amethyst, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a passionate educator with three years of experience, and I’ve just finished my first year with TGS. I specialize in the humanities, particularly history and writing. Before joining TGS, I completed a Master’s degree where I researched contextual learning and focused on adolescent psychology during my undergraduate education. Outside of the educational space, I enjoy music, dancing, yoga, card games, and mindless television.
What is your favorite part about being an educator at THINK Global School?
I’ve always wanted to travel despite growing up in a small town in Kansas (middle of nowhere, United States), and I love the experiences we get to have to connect and learn together every day. I enjoy being fully immersed in the educational experience alongside the students and having fun as we learn. In addition to the fun, we also have challenges, and it’s great to be able to see both myself and the students grow physically, mentally, and emotionally during a school year.
Is there a particular module or learning experience that stood out to you at TGS?
Our “Los Arcos” architecture module in Oaxaca, Mexico, was stellar. We had local people on the ground who really understood TGS and our goals, so every experience we planned with them was well-connected to our goals and the students’ final product. I also had my 25th birthday in a rural, remote village where I woke up in a beautiful cabin, went hiking amongst the waterfalls in the afternoon, and then celebrated an extremely authentic Dia de Los Muertos at night – you can’t beat that!
What advice would you share with prospective students or educators?
Be prepared to be “all in” once you’re on term with TGS. Once you are in a country, other aspects of your life will fade to the background for a couple of months while you explore, learn, grow, and ultimately change. It’s exciting, but it’s also a challenge to lean in fully to take advantage of the total experience.
If TGS could hold a term in any country, where would you like to go and why?
I think it would be interesting to have a term in the United States, where I’m from. I find our students have a lot of preconceived notions of the country, and we end up talking a lot about the US’s impacts abroad when we travel. There have been many drastic social shifts lately that have a high global impact that I think our community of insightful students could tackle really well.