Since it was been such a long time since my last entry I was unsure how to effectively portray my experiences thus far in Abu Dhabi. As I was driving home listening to the underappreciated music of Hanson I was overcome by gratitude and decided that focusing on that would be an accurate portrayal of my experiences.
|I will miss the Fairmont|
|My New Home!|
I had to move out of the Fairmont because my apartment was ready and I had purchased the majority of the furniture I needed to survive. I moved into my apartment and have been trying to settle in. Starting from scratch in a brand new home is pretty hard but the place is coming together. I have been able to purchase nice pieces of furniture, appliances and electronics for my apartment due to the generosity of my employer. It was enjoyable to be able to purchase a decent couch, TV and mattress and not have to worry about how I am going to pay for them or if I should charge them to my credit card. I even had enough money left over to buy more things! I am extremely fortunate to be able to take part in this experience and to be fully aware of the experience. The apartment I live in is exceptional and something I could NEVER afford on my own back home. I am very lucky to be able to have an exquisite apartment to make my home here. My sister, niece, nephew and brother in law came in town for a week to visit and help me get moved in. It was a much needed visit for both of us and I am so glad I got to see them. It is reassuring to know that they are a car ride away from me here.
|One of the three pod areas|
The value that Abu Dhabi has placed on education and their teachers is admirable. I am part of developing and opening a brand new school which is exciting in its self. I am able to be a part of developing the procedures, mission statement, the vision, values, school colors, etc. My opinions are taken into account and are valued. I admire the determination Abu Dhabi has in inventing in their education system and the understanding they have that education should be the foundation of a country. During an assembly we had I was listening to the head of the council speak and he discussed a study that looked at teachers feeling appreciated. The study stated that when teachers feel appreciated they perform at a higher level as opposed to being unappreciated and not performing at their potential. ADEC has made it a priority to make sure the teachers they hire feel appreciated. My attitude towards beginning this school year is extremely positive. I want to go to work and do my best because of the hospitality and gratitude the education council has shown towards me. I am determined to make a difference here.