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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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08-09 ERAP training weekend

The training weekend in Ohio at Cedarville University went well. The new people are great and it’s going to be a fun year. Among other things, we talked about differences between American and Chinese cultures, began to study the language, and participated in teaching workshops. Training benefits the new teachers the most, but it’s also a good review for the veterans, as well. We spent a lot of time in the classroom, but also made room for some water balloon volleyball on the tennis courts.

Here are new teachers this year, but they’re not all in the picture above:

Kate Talbott
Micah Chambers
Jessica Whitehair
Colleen Derry
Josh Knilans
Tim Neetz
Greg Briggs
Olivia Dolph
Andrew Staab
Michelle Vanden Berg
Cherie Tryon
David Skillings
Laura Robison
Ann Foley
Caleb McCollim
Tim, Ginger, baby Macaiah Sietman
Jacinda Gillette
Liz Korkosz
Karisa Millington
Christine Schindette
Viki Kooiman
James McClenahan
Micah Martin


Mary was granted a visa this morning, so she and Joel will be able to attend training together in July! And… we’ll be adding a baby Hollins to the team in January or February!

Thanks to everyone who was thinking about this.

Some pictures from team-building time during training in Cedarville, Ohio

at Young’s Dairy for ice cream & mini-golf

Anna (my roommate in China) and Katie

Janna, Me & Katie

Joel, Loren & Ethan

Kevin & Nate – our party of 25 waiting for a table at Applebee’s

Katie & Kevin resorting to playing telephone during the wait

Nate and Jessica

Mr. Rohm is the chair of the ERAP committee –
we told our waitress it was his birthday as a joke

sunset over an Ohio field

back to La Guardia!

The highlight of my week was booking a roundtrip ticket to Ohio for just $44! I’ll be back at school for a long weekend in July for ERAP training.

Flights to China were booked today! I fly to O’Hare in Chicago at 8:30am on Wednesday, August 22. From there I’ll meet the rest of the team and we’ll leave the US to spend the next year in China, arriving in Beijing at 3pm on August 23. That is a long day of traveling with the last flight taking 13.2 hours!