Primary and Secondary Schools

  Primary school: In the morning the head teacher stands outside of the local primary school greeting all of the families who mostly arrive by bike. She holds a big brass bell and rings it when all of the students should be within the gates she will then close. The parents of the 5-7 year…

Teighan’s Travels: a note to my classmates back home…

  Dear Mrs. Richardson and Friends, I miss you. I just wanted to check on you. Me and mum and dad love our trip so much. My favorite is the Queen’s party room. I love you so much. From Teighan PS: I lost my first two bottom teeth in the same weekend! The Queen’s party…

Making time to practice what I preach

This weekend I traveled to the Greenwich area of London to see a dance performance at  Trinity Laban. A fellow Fulbrighter and highly accomplished Dance choreographer named Roman Baca was presenting his work relating to the use of dance as therapy for war veterans.  It was at this event that we were supposed to also…

Bike Culture

Image of bike parking at a nearby primary school. After many terrifying drives on the wrong side of the road to and from Teighan’s school, I am finally hanging up my habit to drive everywhere and trying to adopt the English custom of biking or walking EVERYWHERE in ANY kind of weather. The streets are…

Purpose…

On this Martin Luther King Jr. day, I imagine many of us are reflecting on the idea of purpose and contribution. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contributions to the welfare of so many of us inspires the thought: What can I do to make a positive contribution to the people around me. Some of you,…

Educating Shakespeare

This week I am attending a Fulbright conference hosted by the University of Birmingham. I am enjoying the advantages of traveling with Fulbrighters. The University has shared private tours of their museums including an opportunity to handle books like a first print of Shakespeare’s plays, four pages of the Qur’an dating back to when Mohammad…

London Bridges!

 Teighan and I spent Wednesday exploring the grounds around the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. We were blown away by the grandeur of this bridge! The Thames was busy with tour boats and an enormous battleship…which explains the expression on Teighan’s face.  The rich history of this city in contrast to the modern…

Arrival to London: The much anticipated flight

Three suitcases, three carry-ons and one overstuffed golf travel bag for three of us for 6 months!…I’m proud of us. New Year’s resolution: live minimally. My husband, son and I boarded our flight and in only 6 hours on a red-eye flight, we arrived in London. We had a driver take us to Grantchester. It…

It’s official!

I’m feeling so incredibly grateful as I prepare for this new adventure. I get to spend six months in the United Kingdom through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching! After many weeks of grueling essay writing and editing, an interview with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, and the obsessive checking of my emails  as I waited …

Huge “to do” list on the fridge…now, what to pack?

This is a personal blog. All views and information presented herein are my own and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State. Preparations are underway. Stay tuned for posts from London beginning in January 2018.