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Jeremy Burton is my oldest friend and someone I’m super thankful to have in my life. Through the very worst tribulations I’ve endured, he stood next to me, strong as a rock, lending me strength and support. Jeremy calls things the way he sees it, is willing to put me in my place if I’m wrong, and able to let me challenge him as well. We talk openly about work, school, family,… Read More

Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks day 2 – Dan Kerr is a remarkable and beautiful human being. His positivity and heartfelt leadership has inspired me since the day I met him in 2011. In part because of him, I strive not just for excellence in my job as a teacher, but to be a holistic educator who aims to make meaningful and positive impacts on the lives of the people around me. People… Read More

Thanksgiving Giving Thanks – I am so thankful to work with Mr. Jonny Alexander. He is one of the most creative and most driven teachers I have ever worked with. More often than not, he works right through lunch as his dedication to his students is greater than his need to eat. After school, his room is just as busy as any morning class, as his kids always come in for extra… Read More

Back in September, I posted a picture of myself and a small gift that one of my coworkers gave me in response to my Happy Wednesday Treats. If you missed it, every Wednesday, I deliver a small snack (Soda, Kinder Joy eggs, crackers, etc.) to each of the 7 teachers on my floor. It’s just something I do for fun and to make our days a tiny bit brighter. Today, two of… Read More

I know I am leaving Shanghai soon, and that I’ve already said goodbye to so many wonderful friends and people who have already moved on, but tonight I had to give an especially hard goodbye. When I moved to Shanghai, my life was completely different. I came here in 2011 on a two year mission to land a job in Moscow with my then wife, Natasha. She however, had other plans and… Read More

“Who am I? No, I’m not Draco, though he is a dear friend of mine. No, I am from America, though I attended Hogwarts as an exchange student many years ago. Slytherin was, and still is my beloved house though. Now muggle, if you don’t mind, kindly get out of my way as I have much to do!” Below: A few students also dressed up as Hogwarts house members. My colleague and… Read More

We took Leo to Vera and Claes’ place today to see their baby girl Kayleen. She was born on the 9th and is as cute as can be. Leo got to meet her, and while he looked confused, Kayleen was a bit more vocal in her reaction. LOL It was so cute. Leo: “It’s ok Kayleen . . . sheesh…. wow, get over it…..” Leo, “shush, or I bonk your head!” Keyleen,… Read More

We don’t ┬átake Leo out much, but last night was an exception. Our good friends Vera and Claes joined us for a short walk and dinner. They’re expecting a baby girl any day now and will move shortly after that to Sweden. I’ve known Very since 2012, and she’s been one of my closest friends while living in Shanghai. I will miss her very much when she leaves, but I’m so happy… Read More