As quickly as May has come, we’re seeing it pass in the rearview window. Our first week of school was an abbreviated one–we had last Friday off for Visakha Bucha day. While I don’t know a lot about the specifics of the holiday, I believe it is one of the holier holidays in Thailand. I know many restaurants and businesses were closed, including bars last Friday evening.
This week has been our first full week of school. It was nice to have a short week last week to get back into the flow of our routines, make our class rules, and get back into ‘teacher mode.’ Personally, I felt pretty exhausted from a combination of all the teacher duties and the heat! May never ceases to amaze when it comes to the weather in Thailand.
We welcome three new teachers to Thida this year (and a fourth to Noonoy school). Johnny Goss is our MEP 4 teacher hailing from England. Luckily, he previously had an earlier stint teaching in Thailand, so his learning curve should be easier. Michelle Harris is also from England and heads our Anuban 3 MEP class. She also has a background in teaching from her days in South Korea (I’m sure she doesn’t miss those winters!). Tom Pernecker is the sole American representative of the Thida group. He is in charge of our MEP 3 level (along with Allie Groll). All three teachers seem to be acclimating quite well and had a great first week of school. The first week can be very hectic even after being here for two years previously. They handled everything professionalism and a great attitude. I think they’re in store for a great year!
Of course, after the initial week of finding classrooms, getting supplies, and learning one’s way around Thida comes the meat of the schedule. We just finished writing our May monthly reports and are making preparations to hand in our syllabi in a week’s time. Luckily, the MEP coordinator has been a great help assisting our team with all our needs–upcoming dates/events, getting us books, keeping us in the know. It’s amazing how packed the first few weeks of school can be, but it’s imperative to set the tone for the rest of the year!
I think I can collectively speak for the other teachers when I say I’m happy it’s Friday! A couple of days for rest and relaxation needed!