Teaching Traveling: How does one get their start as a teacher, traveler, AND author? Let’s learn from a woman who has accomplished that trifecta, Jenny Grant Rankin, PhD! Jenny, tell us a bit about your background.
Jenny: I’m from Laguna Beach, CA. I still live here, but I travel to England once per year to teach the PostDoc Masterclass at University of Cambridge.
I also volunteer as assistant coordinator of Orange County Mensa’s Gifted Youth Program.
I taught junior high school English for 7 years, then became a teacher on special assignment, then assistant principal, then district administrator, then Chief Education & Research Officer for Illuminate Education.
Now I spend most of my time writing books for educators. My latest book is called First Aid for Teacher Burnout: How You Can Find Peace and Success.
TT: Congratulations on your book! Tell us more about your travels.
J: I love to travel (30 countries so far), lived a year abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, and completed my administrative services credential (required of school and district administrators in California) in Chang Mai, Thailand. Each was a memorable, amazing experience.
The year in Edinburgh was likely my most memorable, as it took place when I was 23 and my eyes had just open to the wonder of travel. I had just graduated from college and lived in a youth hostel on Prince’s Street with other travelers from around the world. Six of us shared a tiny room that barely accommodated our bunk beds, and we learned so much from each other.