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[teacherartexchange] !Saludos de Quito!


Date: Sun Aug 24 2008 - 15:11:38 PDT

Hola, everyone,

I have been in Quito one week now. Tomorrow all new teachers report to the school for
orientation, followed by four more days of inservice/prep work. So far I'm very impressed
with the care the school has taken with us, and I'm looking forward to a very
professionally-run school with NO NCLB looming over our heads!!! Oh, I'm teaching 9th grade
English; the art position had already been taken by the time of my interview.

I spent several days with four school "buddies" who helped us new kids find apartments,
negotiate rent, get us cable hookups, and then move. These women showed unending patience
and good humor during what must have been a stressful week. I was so happy to get out of the
hotel and its mediocre restaurant and into an affordable place with an amazing view; the big
terrace looks across the valley at La Pinchicha, an active volcano. So far the peak has been
obscured by clouds, but I'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled and camera ready for when she
does make an appearance.

For some reason, I could receive e-mail here through my home account, but not send anything
out. I've been wanting to jump in on some recent discussions but had to sit on my hands
instead. Then I realized--big duuuhhhhh--I could just reregister under my new e-mail address.

At any rate, I'm glad to be back on the list!



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