Rachel Knutson

April 10, 2010

Rachel is approaching the twelfth of her sixteen month post at Commonwealth Secondary School in Singapore where she is teaching language arts and music. While spending time teaching, learning from, and getting to know her classes of 13 to 14-year-old students has been the major aspect of her school life, she has also been given some unexpected and exciting odd jobs.

These “extras” have ranged from choreographing the school’s musical and judging cheerleading competitions to creating a newsletter for the annual health carnival and from teaching a small group of students Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to teaching a mass swing dance to over 500 students and teachers for International Friendship Day. She is looking forward to her next project, which will surely keep her grounded in her mid-western roots: teaching line dancing to 100 colleagues at the Teacher’s Day dinner themed “Wild Wild West.”

Outside school, Rachel has also been able to pursue her love for dancing and the arts by participating in weekly Hot Yoga sessions and all genres of dance classes from belly dancing to ballet. In addition to exploring all the city-state has to offer, she has also been able to travel extensively around Southeast Asia on weekends and during school holidays. Rachel is looking forward to more strange foods, awkward yet enlightening cultural encounters, and the general learning and exploring that come with living and traveling abroad.

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