by Fiona Haze
Boat races on the Mekong River, rock climbing, visiting waterfalls in the jungle, getting familiar with a Buddhist culture, experiencing Pai Mai, and learning an unfamiliar language will all be a reality to Ms. Casaletto as the students at ASW sit down in their school seats next fall. One on these students might one day think, “What is this foreign country Ms. Cas is in?”
Sarah Casaletto, also known as Ms. Cas by her students, will sadly be leaving the American School of Warsaw at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Two years ago, she moved from Colorado and the Eagle County Schools. “After living in the mountains for several years, I really missed being able to do a lot of outdoor activities easily,” she said. “I also had to adjust to city life again, getting used to the noises and crowds.”
Overall though, she believes that it was easy to adjust in Warsaw. She also states that it was hard to be away from family and friends, but that keeping in touch has been easy.
After Warsaw, she will be moving to the Vientiane International School in Laos, and will be the Learning Support Specialist for grades 6 to 12. She says that she misses the nature she was surrounded by in Colorado, and is looking forward to a new experience. “While it’s hard to leave the community here, I miss being closer to outdoor adventure activities, and I’ve not experienced much of Asia. I feel as though Laos will offer a brand new experience, and allow me to continue to grow professionally. The winters in Warsaw were a bit challenging as well, especially with the mountains so far away.”
She also says that she is looking forward to the culture, warmer weather and new opportunities. “ I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather, laid-back happy culture, new travel opportunities, and a chance to continue growing professionally.” She continues, “Of course, I’m also excited to get to know my new students and colleagues. Oh, and to be a Dragon! I’m also hoping to do some bike touring around Southeast Asia – going from village to village and really getting to know the people who live there.”
Even though she is looking forward to many things, she will also miss ASW as well as Warsaw, “The people are what I’ll miss the most. My students have been a great source of inspiration during my time here and it’s been really fun to watch them share poetry, ideas, and just grow into even more amazing humans.” She also states that she will miss things and people from her personal life, “I will also miss my friends, though I hope the friendships will continue. As for the place itself, I will miss biking to school on a sunny day, and the community events.”
“I feel thankful for my time in Warsaw,” she added. “This was my first time living in another country, and it’s been a great experience. The community was really welcoming, and Poland will always hold a special place in my heart.”