Monthly Archives: June 2009

She got it!

Two days after she got back from the quarantine, Tian was able to reschedule her interview with the Head of School at Tsinghua International School. They had a nice conversation, and he ended it by offering her a position teaching Chinese to lower school students and working in the library. While Tian has never thought […]


Ok, so I know the title of this entry sounds like a horrible action movie from the 1990’s.   I couldn’t help it.  It’s the perfect word to describe what Tian just went through.  And that’s, well, quarantine. A few hours after Tian finished her first of two job interviews with Tsinghua International School (it went well!), she came […]

Job Hunting

On Monday, Tian has the first of two interviews with administrators from Tsinghua International School. It’s a private school for international students in grades 1-12, and it is in its founding year. They have a main focus on “holistic” and “global” education. So there are a lot of neat parallels to her work at Mounds […]

So now what? – META

With Tian gone, I had to figure out some way to keep busy. Fortunately, BSP summers are always intense and provide a lot of fun projects to work on. I picked up a special one right away with one of our returning aspiring teachers, Alec. Together we wrote and performed a spoken word / hip […]

Zai Jian Tian

After three years in Minnesota, Tian headed back to China on Monday. My brother Dan gave her a ride to the airport because I needed to be at our first day of teacher orientation for Breakthrough Saint Paul. When I said good bye to her that morning, it hit me that the next chapter was […]