Meet Jennifer Roth, Chair of Middle and High School English and an English Teacher at BASIS International School Shenzhen. Having worked in the non-profit sector, she chose to transition into teaching at the age of 40. As a BASIS teacher, she relishes nurturing intellectually driven students while developing her teaching skills. Jennifer appreciates the professional guidance she receives from senior leadership and colleagues, allowing her to refine her teaching practice. Read on to learn more about Jennifer’s experience.
What made you decide to pursue a career in education?
I worked for a long time in non-profit fundraising and decided to change to teaching at the age of 40, so I could directly interact with young people–and I love it!
What influenced you to teach abroad? Why in China?
I started teaching abroad because I wanted to experience other countries and cultures. I decided to come to China because it is a modern country with so many opportunities for teaching and travel.
When you came to China, what was pleasantly surprising?
The people I have met have been overwhelmingly friendly and helpful, and, despite not having a lot of Chinese language at my disposal, it is very easy to live here.
What type of support did you receive from BASIS to ease the transition of moving?
I was already in another city in China when I made the move to BASIS, but I did need support from HR to transfer my residence permit and work visa to another province. When I had to change my moving date due to unforeseen circumstances, Alice in HR was in constant contact with me, helping me with everything.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at BASIS International School Shenzhen?
I enjoy the students! Their intellectual curiosity, ability to communicate their ideas, work ethic, and their quest for rigor are all things that make working at BISZ very rewarding.
How has your teaching practice improved during your time at BASIS?
The teaching and learning domains help me think more deliberately about every aspect of my lessons, which is always better for student outcomes. I also enjoy the culture of observation. It’s nice to have feedback and support from the senior leadership team and other colleagues so that I can reflect on my practices and continually grow as an educator.
What advice would you give to teachers who are considering working overseas?
My advice would be to make the leap! There are things that are challenging about living and working in a different country, where things work differently than at home, and there is a lot to learn. But the benefit of working with people from all over the world is to build an educational community that inspires future leaders and cultivates life-long learners.
Chair of Middle and High School English
BASIS International School Shenzhen
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