Ann Waddell, originally from Grand Rapids, MI, graduated from Princeton in 2002. She worked for the Manhattan D.A.’s Office after college, but quickly traded law to complete an M.F.A. in photography in Boston. You can see the beginnings of her website at www.annwaddell.com. Ann has traveled all over China, Iceland, and Vietnam, and will soon lead an unknowing bunch of high school students around a village in Fiji. She looks forward to buying a bicycle and trying to reclaim her Chinese, in addition to eating endless supplies of roll haw andred bean buns.
Alice Warren-Gregory was a Comparative Literature major at Princeton, and enjoyed pretending that her department was superior to all others in the humanities. She is originally from NYC by way of San Francisco, so she considers herself bi-coastal. She is excited about going to Kazakhstan where she hopes to secure a wool coat made of yak hair and some mare’s milk soap. She is also looking forward to becoming fluent in her third language, Russian. As she writes this blurb, Alice is wearing a shirt that says “Sweet Potato” on it, but, in general, she is not very sweet, though sometimes she does feel rather like a potato – starchy with very little nutritional content.
Suzanne Welles graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and then moved to New York to work for the Ittleson Foundation and later for the travel publisher, Rough Guides--a division of Penguin Books. After five years spent pouring over guidebooks and dreaming of living in Asia, she decided to apply to PiA and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to live in Singapore. Originally from the South, Suzanne enjoys a good bowl of grits and the smell of boxwood on warm evenings. She loves to read, cook, watch movies, and take pictures. She also loves maps of the world and can’t wait to find herself on the opposite side of one.
Ari was a religious studies major at Wesleyan University, where he also dabbled in running track and singing. He’s finishing an MA from BU in History and Education, teaching, and coaching track at Brookline High School. He speaks no Chinese, but looks forward to learning how tomime the international signs for “pint” and “bathroom.” He’s very excited about the prospect of authentic Cantonese cuisine and solving the international crisis with Taiwan. You can generally find him running, singing, reading, or eating, though usually not at the same time.
Ali is from Silver Spring, Maryland. Ali was a history major and recieved a certificate in European Politics and Society at Princeton. During her junior year, she spent a semester studying abroad in Dublin. She has never been to Asia nor has she taught anything before except swim lessons, but is really excited about the job and the chance to live in Thailand for a year.
James Young, aspiring international man of intrigue and danger, will embark upon his international escapades by teaching Business Statistics and Business Communication at Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic. James studied for two years at the Colorado School of Mines until realizing that the 80%-male all-engineering school was not conducive to his social agenda. Interested in an enjoyable ‘well-rounded’ college experience, James transferred to the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned a BS in Physics, an MA in Economics, and countless fond yet blurry memories. In previous lifetimes James found himself as a yearbook editor, sailing instructor, astrophysics researcher, statistics instructor, and huge computer nerd (although, he denies the latter).