Name: Susan Devore
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Other Places I’ve Lived: Gainesville, Fl, Jacksonville, Fl, Chicago, Il
Former Lives/Occupations: I’ve worked in a lot of restaurants in my time, some as a server, some as a bartender, and most recently as a reservationist and then food runner at Next in Chicago. I got my first restaurant job when I was fourteen, but I came to Thailand vowing never to go back to one. I’ve also worked as part of the Box Office Staff at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville.
At UF, I studied English and Film and Media Studies. I spent a lot of time watching and making short experimental films and videos. It’s still something I’m very interested in continuing.
Education: Magna Cum Laude, University of Florida, August 2012
Currently Teaching: First Grade IEP (Intensive English Program) at Thidamaepra
Favorite Thing About My Job: I love working at Thida. The kids are very sweet, and for the most part, very well behaved. My Thai co-teachers could not be more helpful. Also, lunch is pretty darn good sometimes! If not, there’s a few great places close by. I get to work with some awesome Super teachers, too!
Coolest Thing I’ve Done/Coolest Place I’ve Been: I studied in Berlin for two months during the summer of 2012. I took a class on digital photography and a class on Super 8 filmmaking. While there, I went to Kassel, Germany to attend a huge international art festival called Documenta. This was Documenta 13, and they are only held every five years. The whole town is transformed for the festival, with art pieces scattered throughout the parks, stores, streets, libraries, and museums.
Favorite Thai Food: Pad See You (I have no idea how to spell it), Yam Pla Duk Foo (again, no idea), Sohm Tom (papaya salad), those hot coconut cups they sell at the night market, anything at the vegan restaurant on Nam Muang…
Thailand Bucket List: I would love to see James Bond Island in Phang Nga. I would also like to take a motorbike through Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Pai.