Selkirk College Alumnae Exploring the World Through Education
A thirst for international travel brought Sara Howard to the Selkirk College Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program (TESOL) and a continued passion for education has taken her to the other side of the globe.
Raised in Rossland, Howard enrolled in the Selkirk College TESOL Program after finishing her Psychology Degree at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO). Howard now teaches at a government high school in Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province where her educational journey continues in the classroom and beyond.
Rossland resident Sara Howard (middle) with a class of Grade 12 students she teaches at a government high school in Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province. Howard is a graduate of Selkirk College’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program (TESOL) and teaches overseas.
“The best part about teaching overseas is the ability you have to immerse yourself totally in a culture,” says Howard. “You begin to understand the lifestyle of the local people, as you become one yourself. It’s usually the small things that start to become a big deal and really memorable. I don’t think anyone at home will quite understand the intricacies of my relationship with the man at the market who sells me my fruit.”
Howard graduated from Rossland Secondary School in 2008 and once she completed her degree, was looking for the next step and found it with teaching. Instead of taking the 12-month West Kootenay Teacher Education Program (WKTEP), she decided to spend four months testing the teaching waters with the TESOL Program.
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