A Different World: Ms. McLean off to Columbia

By Annabell Werner

Ms. McLean has been a teacher in ASW’s learning support for the last two years. Now, she heads off to Medellín, Columbia.

Ms. McLean came from a school in Curaçao in the Caribbean. For her, this was a change. She described how in Curaçao, the weather is lot more tropical and sunny than it is here in Warsaw. Schoolwise several things changed too, for example, the size of the school, which she describes as a lot larger than her previous school. Ms. McLean than continues “Both were very good experiences. The kids are always great, wherever you go!”

Ms. McLean’s first thoughts about Warsaw was “Aww, it’s such a cute small capital.” Having grown up in New Rochelle, a small town in New York, Warsaw reminded her of home.

According to Ms. McLean, her favorite memory her in Warsaw was a performance by Pete Rock. “My greatest memory I say for Poland,  was being surprised that one of my favorite DJs was coming to perform and I got to go and see him.”

It was hard for Ms. McLean to choose the best memory here at ASW, due to there being so many, but she then decided on the Senior Prom. “Actually seeing, and being brought into the culture with Studniówka, seeing a Studniówka to me was amazing!”

In order to describe her experience here at the American School of Warsaw, through a series or movie title, she chose the 80s sitcom “A Different World”. The American Sitcom is about a group of People going into Hillman College, a fictional college in Virginia, taking in all the differences and looking at differences. This reminded her a lot of her experience here at ASW, due to the school being so diverse in cultural backgrounds.

Now, after two years Ms. McLean heads 9.899km away to Medellín in Columbia, “I’m very excited about that, as you can probably tell it’s a very different in weather, very similar to the tropics.” She explains that she is moving  on for career growth, but also because it is an “exciting new opportunity to meet new people and looking for a place to calm down.” But she is also excited to learn Spanish, the national language.

On the question what she will miss the most, she answered the following: “I’ll, of course, miss my kids! I always miss my students. That is the hardest part of being an international teacher and moving on, is the relationship you build with your colleagues and students here.”

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