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International Teacher Podcast

International Teacher Podcast

Author: Matt, Kent, Jacqueline, & Greg

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International Teacher Podcast is hosted by Matthew Judd, Kent Arimura, Jacqueline P. Mallais, and Greg Lemoine. New Episodes are published bi-weekly on Fridays or Saturdays. Listen to first-hand experiences from across the globe about international schools, certified educators, teaching overseas, and living in other countries as expatriates. We interview educators and administrators all over the world to discuss travel, teaching in their schools, overseas educator job fairs, taking your expat family internationally, expat schools, and much more.
80 Episodes
Marcos is proof that being a successful international teacher is possible, even if your mother tongue is not English. Marcus' fist language is Portuguese. He shares his journey with us during this fantastic episode.
Let's talk about Professional Development for Leadership. Our guest, Dr. Renata McFarland is a breath of fresh air and has so much to share. Join us as we discuss the importance of student learning, empowering local teachers in international schools, and how your school can bring Dr. McFarland to your international school for professional development. Dr. McFarland already has a vast following, but thrives on "paying it forward". You can reach out to her on LinkedIn or visit her website at: You can also enroll in the popular International Education Program (M.Ed. ) and enjoy her as a professor through Endicott College.
The Cat Guy and JPMint get deep into Latin America with Mark Webber. With over 23 years in the Latin American teaching arena, Mark has a lot of advice for new and veteran teachers. Not only is Mark active as a teacher and administrator - he also runs a consulting business - FREE to teachers wanting to discover Latin America. Mark can be found at
ITP - 78 Ryan in Korea

ITP - 78 Ryan in Korea


Join us for this interesting episode about leaving the international classrooms and hanging out your own shingle as a consultant, a data consultant. Ryan is an uprooted Canadian teacher and principal that has lived and taught in China and Korea. Greg leads Ryan down a bit of a techie and Artificial intelligence sidetrack, but it's well worth staying to the end. Ryan's interrogation story is hilarious! Ryan's expertise can be found on his blog and website, Enjoy.
You will definitely have the travel bug after listening to this! Don't miss this exciting World Travel episode! Kim is an international teacher that has taught in the North Western USA, Vietnam, Guatemala, and now in Thailand. Kim and her wife, Robin, took a year off to travel to 36 countries in 365 days. Kim joins us from Chang Mai, Thailand to share their amazing trip. Hear about lots of food, proboscis monkeys, and KEENs. Kim and Robin have proven you only need to carry what is necessary - like handy wipes, just two t-shirts, and a trusty pair of keens. From the words of the famous Anthony Bourdain: "Be a traveler, not a tourist." See an ITP map of their entire trip.
Welcome to Season 4 of the ITP. Join us for this entertaining interview with Chris Lang. His rollercoaster story starts with teaching English in Japan and threads through Oman, California, and Colombia (as well as a few other places). His candor is refreshing and informative. You will certainly laugh during this episode! You can reach out to Chris in Bucaramanga, Colombia via LinkedIn @ Isn't that a fun word to say? Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga! Here are two cohost profiles too: Gregory Lemoine JPMint Consulting
In this Episode of the ITP, Sharon Dent, our guest with a rich background as an "army brat," shares her journey from being a journalist in Kansas to becoming an international teacher. Her global teaching career, influenced by a lifelong exposure to travel, includes stints in Turkey, China, Laos, India, Chile, and Thailand. Sharon discusses balancing her professional life with personal pursuits, such as a year-long break working with horses and her husband's interest in lutherie. She also talks about creating "The Guide Hog," a blog that reflects her passion for immersive cultural experiences and learning from local guides during her travels.
Don't miss this episode. All four of us are in on this one to talk about the recruiting season. It's January and the international teacher recruiting season is in full swing. It's not over. The second half of this New Years show is a roundtable (except Matt, who doesn't like New Years) of stories from around the world. Kent drinks Jack Daniels with older Grecians in Greece. Greg skips up to Canada. JP dons her mint colored Kimono and parades through the streets of Tokyo. Visit Amazon and add Greg's second book to your arsenal of research before you interview. ⁠International Teacher: The Best-kept Secret in Education⁠ (In the Appendices, you will find a comprehensive list of great books and useful websites for your research) Also mentioned in this episode, the ⁠UNI Overseas Teacher Fair 2024⁠ is being held in Iowa from Feb 3-4. The 2024 signature ⁠ISS Global Recruitment Fair⁠ is being held in New York this year! Feb 8-11. Sign up!
“Young man”, he said “I have traveled 5,000 miles to give you possibly the opportunity of a lifetime. If you have those to squander, more power to you!” In 1977, Keith Boniface left for the “beaches” of Tripoli to teach overseas. He is now on his seventh official retirement after 39 years overseas. Keith, “his excellency”,  had to actually write a list of the positions he’s held because it’s so varied.  Not only was he a teacher, Keith was a Principal for 12 years in multiple international schools and traveled to schools all over the world as an School Accreditation team member. Here are the important links from topics Keith mentioned in this episode: PTC -The Principal Training Center- Some of the Accreditation Organizations International Schools Seek CIS NEASC  MSA  WASC IBO 
Welcome to an episode unlike our others. Greg interviews Camila Duarte about her experiences as an International Teacher from Brazil, teaching at a charter school in Brazil. This was recorded in May 2023 as she was wrapping up her five year stint as a visual arts teacher (under a J1 Visa). This was lunch break for her at a charter school in Fayetteville, NC. Now, as this airs, she is teaching somewhere in the Middle East. Yes, we will do a follow up show with her about her third cultural teaching experience, which she landed through a Search Associates Job Fair. Enjoy and learn. Camila is the creator of the website The Multicultural Education Project Camila's Instagram Handle is @mscamilavasconcelos
Sybil Hall has is a mother, wife, International Teacher, financial freedom advocate, consultant, and brand new author. Visit her website at while you listen to this episode. Teachers, both overseas and in the USA will learn so much from her! Burn Bright, Not Out is a brilliant new book from Sybil Hall. We talk about the book to light your candles!
ITP - 57 Ilonka in Cairo

ITP - 57 Ilonka in Cairo


Meet Ilonka, a German international teacher living in Cairo. She's been around the world. Greg meets her for the first time just three minutes before the interview. Listen in on the conversation as Ilonka shares her stories like being interviewed at a principal's house over a bottle of wine, dancing on the school desks (or not), and spending way too much money on real books. The opportunity to teach overseas is not just a well kept secret in the USA. It's a secret shared around the world.
Join us as we go behind the scenes of the Diversity Collective. Alan Phan and Aparna Sundaram, cofounders of the Diversity Collective, have each spent more than twenty years in international schools around the world. Navigate to their website as you listen: The best written words to describe this dynamic duo are their website header: A Recruiting and Consulting Agency that Advances DiversityThe Diversity Collective, a POC-owned and operated organization, works to place exceptional leaders and educators in schools. As a facilitator between educators and partner schools committed to strengthening their leadership, we work to bridge the current diversity gap seen at schools around the world. Beyond those meaningful words, listen to this episode and hear their voices.
Jason Lasky weaves his international stories together as only a playwright can. Join us for our discussion about theatre, teaching, family and so much more. Jason's passion is a chaos theory of sorts. Failure leads to failure leads to "Ahh!". Jason is a true renaissance man in the arts, a messenger of joy, and a father of three. Here are just a few of the links to Jason's works:   ⁠⁠ Jason Produces the International Teacher Magazine Podcast. See an Jason's interview on The Home Audio Project. Jason is interviewed about being a professional narrator.
Mary Noble is the Middle School Principle at American Community School of Beirut (ACS) in Lebanon. Her message is for teachers not to "burn out". Don't leave the career of teaching unless you have explored the benefits of the overseas experience. Mary has taught in Alaska, Thailand, Oregon, Egypt, Dubai, and now in Lebanon. She was a single mom for some of the time and moved between the USA and overseas several times. Listen to this episode and learn from this amazing educator.
In this episode, meet Dian Seidel. She is a newly published author of Kindergarten at 60: A Memoir of Teaching in Thailand. You can pre-order her book on Amazon now, or after you hear this exciting interview. Imagine at age 60, after retiring from Governmental Science career, you decide you want to give back to society by teaching adults. Then add a twist and decide to teach somewhere outside of the comfort of your own country. Finally, when you arrive to teach, your students are the exact opposite of adults. Listen in. "Teacher Dian" and "Teacher Steve" are the epitome of ACTIVE RETIREMENT. Enjoy this episode.
Kent and Greg interview two international teachers currently in Spain and Thailand during their Gap Year. Kevin and Matt are the authors behind the best selling international teaching books dubbed "The New Normal" . This interview sheds light on how they co-authored both books from opposite ends of the world, but still give credit to the other teachers that wrote the stories. All proceeds from their books go to the Children of Haiti. Join us to hear how they put it all together. You want to read stories about international teachers around the world, so click over to Amazon and purchase these two books by Kevin Duncan and Matt Minor: The New Normal: Tales from International School Teachers and The New Normal Vol. II
Welcome to our 50th episode of the International Teacher Podcast. It is also our 2 year anniversary. We welcome back Jacqueline Mallais, the founder of JPMint Consulting, for her second guest appearance on our show. Jacqueline has established herself as a consultant extraordinaire for current and soon-to-be international teachers. Listen in as she celebrates her successes and future goals. At some point, JP orchestrates a TikTok challenge with Greg the single guy. This is a must listen episode for any international teacher that is ready to move on to their next school, any current teachers thinking about going abroad to teach, and all pre-service teachers that aren't sure whether international teaching is meant for them. Congratulations Jacqueline! Your clients are lucky to have you as their coach.
Meet the Tech Guru that created over almost two decades ago. Richard was freezing in Maine while we recorded this. He is a proud father, teacher, guest speaker, and technology wiz that empowers teachers world-wide. Take one of his online courses if you want to beef up your classroom tech skills. He focuses on a lot of free technology. Join us as we share stories about customs and famous people, trends in educational technology, and oil trucks. Some of the other Links from this discussion: Ed Tech Gurus Richard Mentions Gary Stager  Vicki Davis.  Beth Holland -  Books⁠Free: The Future of a Radical Price⁠ (2009) by Chris Anderson ⁠Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust⁠ by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (2020 reprint) ⁠Pedalling to Kailash: Cycling Adventures and Misadventures Across the Roof of the World⁠ by Graydon Hazenberg (2021) Video: ⁠Visual Rubrics - Part 1: Getting Started by Greg Kulowiec⁠App Creation Software/Website:   ⁠MIT APP Inventor 2⁠  Video Game Creation Webtool:  ⁠Construct 3⁠ (Free & Paid Versions)
Join us as Kent interviews Greg the Single Guy about his experiences at the ISS (International School Services) International Educator Recruiting Fair of 2023 in that was held in Washington D.C. from February 9 - 12.  Is Greg leaving the desert? How many Candidates were at the fair? Greg has a few funny stories and a scary US Customs story to share.  ISS Job Fairs Website  Buy Greg's Book on Amazon - Finding the Right Fit: Your Professional Guide for International Educator Recruiting Fairs and Amazing Stories of a Teacher Living Overseas
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