Teaching Traveling: It’s always fun to welcome back Teacher-Travelers I’ve interviewed before to update us on the great things they’ve been up to. This piece features Rease Kirchner who has just come out with an educational music album to teach Spanish! Rease, let’s pick up where we left off.
Rease: Hello! This is my second appearance on TeachingTraveling.com. My first appearance, Rease, Living and Working in Argentina, was posted in 2010! I can’t believe that was 5 years ago already.
I am now 28 years old and living in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. After living in Buenos Aires, I was never able to shake the desire to set up a home base in new places while taking as many side trips as possible.
Teaching remains a very important part of my life, which is why I recently released my own educational Spanish kids album, Sing and Dance for Spanish Smartypants, which I compliment with free resources via the blog on Spanish Smartypants. I’m thrilled that a project I created just for my own classes is now being made available to educators and parents all over the world!
TT: That’s awesome. When did you first start teaching?
R: I’ve been tutoring for as long as I can remember. I suppose my more formal teaching began in college, where I worked as a volunteer student tutor in an after-school literacy program. My BA in Spanish came in handy as a large amount of the students were from Spanish-speaking families.
I dedicated 4 years to the after-school program. Even during my busiest semesters, I could never skip a single session with my students. I loved volunteering with those kids so much that I quit my high-paying internet marketing job the day before college graduation and took a low paying but highly rewarding job as a Bilingual Preschool Teacher and translator. At the same school, I also taught Spanish classes to 6-8th graders and Basics of Audio Engineering (putting my 2nd BA, Audio Engineering, to use as well!)
TT: Wow! How did your teaching life change when you quit your job and began traveling?