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Waxhaw Elementary Welcomes Teacher From England
Waxhaw Elementary is excited to welcome Anya Rawstron to our staff this year. She is from England and is teaching second grade. Teaching in a new country brings its own set of unique challenges. Ms. Rawstron says she had always wanted to teach in America, but it is very different than her home school in England. The main differences are the structure of the school day and the curriculum that is taught. In England, she has taught the equiavalent of our first, second, and third grades. There were only 50 students in her home school, though, so she has experienced teaching all grade levels when covering for her colleagues.
Being away from family and friends is also an adjustment for Ms. Rawstron. She still talks to her mom every day, though, and her dad most days. She has one brother who she says isn't really bothered by the fact that she's in a different country. She face times with her best friend on a regular basis so she can keep up with her six month old godson.
Ms. Rawstron says, "Doing this shows you what you want in life and shows you a lot about yourself. I loved my school in England and was heartbroken to leave, but I knew I couldn’t stay there forever. I knew if I was going to do this, it was now or never."
Written by: Dana Sullivan
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 by Dana Sullivan