*Note – all positions have been filled for the 2016-2017 school year. Check back on expatheather.com in November 2016 for updates. It’s that time of year again, and ISHCMC – American Academy in Vietnam has some open international teaching positions for the 2016-2017 academic year. Pictured above is the school Senior Leadership Team: Rob, Read More


This year I’ve introduced some different random grouping tools to my English Language Arts classes. I alternate between assigned grouping and random grouping, depending on what activities students are doing. I found it was getting old to always have them counting off, so here are some successful tools you can try in your classroom., Read More


While I worked with local NGOs and universities in Pakistan, my husband Duarte took a two-year contract as a Physics teacher in an international high school. By connecting with other foreign teachers in the school, we quickly learned that making a career out of international teaching would be an ideal way for us to, Read More


*Note this post was for the 2015-2016 school year. All positions have been filled.* It’s that time of year again, and ISHCMC American Academy in Vietnam has some open international teaching positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Our hiring committee consists of myself (Curriculum Coordinator), Mr. Eric Hamilton (Principal), and Ms. Jessica Maley (EAL, Read More

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This week our school is running a “College Boot Camp” for our grade 12 students while the rest of the school is away on field trips. We are doing a lot of different activities, and one of the sessions I am running is getting students to do some reading and research about the college, Read More

Cognita Awards for Excellent ceremony 2013

Remember when I had to go to London for a one-day black tie event? I was a finalist at the Cognita Awards for Excellence as a secondary teacher. Cognita is a network of international schools that includes ISHCMC American Academy in Vietnam. While the majority of Cognita schools are in the UK, they also, Read More

Here’s me sitting at my desk at American Academy. Compare to drawing below. As a teacher, you often wonder what your students really think of you. My 7th graders were reading Walk Two Moons, and one of the themes of the novel is about how our views of people and situations can change over, Read More

This past weekend a colleague and I went to Singapore for an AP English workshop. The workshop was all day Friday and Saturday, but we had evenings and Sunday morning to do some exploring. I flew back early Sunday evening so I wouldn’t be away from my 20-month-old son for that long, but I, Read More

It’s hard to believe it’s already 6 weeks into the semester here, but the progress reports that are going out soon are a reality check to how long we’ve been in Vietnam. My husband Duarte and I are teaching at ISHCMC American Academy, a secondary school located in An Phu ward in Ho Chi, Read More