By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Janelle Meisenheimer wasn’t a fan of school when she was younger, but transitioning to international school while living in Belgium was the first step toward her current job: teaching physical education and health classes in the Dominican Republic.
“My experiences in international school helped turn it all around. I loved the smaller classes and attention from all the teachers. The diversity was amazing and embraced by everyone. The community felt like a family,” Meisenheimer said.
When she was figuring out what she wanted to do with her life in middle and high school, the experience stuck with her and she decided she wanted to be part of creating that experience for other students.
After graduating from McNary High School in 2006, she graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in teaching in 2011. When the opportunity came about to take part in a student teaching program in Namibia, Meisenheimer knew immediately that she would apply for it.
“When was I going to have another experience like that? Life is all about taking healthy risks and living it to the best of your ability,” she said.
While she grew up in another country, she did her best to keep an open mind when it came to teaching in the heart of another culture.
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