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Waxhaw Elementary welcomes 2nd-grade teacher from England

Anya Rawstron, a teacher from England, joins the staff at Waxhaw Elementary to teach second grade.

Teaching in a new country brings its own set of unique challenges. As Anya Rawstron joins the staff at Waxhaw Elementary to teach second grade, she will experience some of these challenges firsthand.

"Doing this shows you what you want in life and shows you a lot about yourself,” she said. “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."

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 equivalent of America’s 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 Rawstron. She talks to her mom every day, and her dad most days.

She FaceTimes with her best friend in England on a regular basis so she can keep up with her six-month old godson.

She has one brother who she says isn't really bothered by the fact that she's in a different country. (Apparently brothers are pretty much the same in all countries.)

Written by: Dana Sullivan, Waxhaw Elementary fourth-grade teacher
Posted: Sep 11, 2013 by Debra Bledsoe

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