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Alumni Spotlight – Earl Johnson

We recently asked alumnus Earl Johnson to tell us what he has been doing since leaving the program, and what some of his fondest memories were from his time teaching in the United States. Read below for Earl’s responses!

Reflecting on his experience teaching in the U.S.

Q: What grade level did you teach?
A: I taught Grade 5.

Q: What school(s) did you teach at?
A: Gray’s Creek Elementary in Fayetteville, N.C.

Q: What inspired you to apply to teach in the U.S.?
A: My love for teaching, the opportunity to have an adventure, and the chance to learn about a new culture.

Q: What did you enjoy most about your time teaching in the U.S.?
A: Learning about the U.S. culture and getting the chance to utilize and learn new technology resources.

What life looks like now

Q: Where are you now? Are you living in your home country, another country, or did you go somewhere else?
A: Currently, I am living in the Cayman Islands.

Q: Are you currently teaching? If not, what else are you doing?
A: I am still working in education and am enjoying a new adventure with my family.

Share 3-5 facts about your time teaching in the U.S. Think about favorite memories, travel experiences, special moments, accomplishments, or other things that happened during your time with the program.

  • A Prince William County magazine did a feature article on me.
  • I was privileged to serve as a member of my school’s recruitment team.
  • My school, Mary Williams Elementary, embraced the warm Jamaican atmosphere I created to share with my students.
  • Living in the U.S. was the first time I had ever experienced cold weather. It was also my first time experiencing snow!
  • Road trips in the U.S. were amazing! I enjoyed traveling over the country.

Are you a former Participate Learning alumna or alumnus? Visit our ambassador alumni page for resources and to stay connected to other teachers who completed the program through our community of practice.