As many of you know, I have spent the past nine years working as a consultant for McREL International. This wasn’t something I ever thought I would do when I first went into the teaching profession. (I’m not even sure I knew it was an option.) Yet for most of the past decade, I have enjoyed every aspect of this amazing job. I’ve had opportunities to learn from our talented researchers and consultants, to travel the US and the world, and to reconnect with my love of writing by co-authoring five books and numerous articles. I have reveled in this role more than I ever imagined and am grateful for the many mentors and friends I have met while doing so.
A few months ago, however, I started to feel the need to shake things up. I wasn’t exactly sure why or how. Maybe it was because I had lived in Denver for almost 16 years, which was never really the plan. Maybe I was starting to feel disconnected from the day-to-day vibrancy of working in a school and seeing learning in action on a daily basis. Maybe I realized that my career was half over and I hadn’t yet fulfilled a lifelong dream of living abroad.
Whatever the impetus, a series of conversations and events led to reconnecting with some of the wonderful people at the American School in Japan. One conversation led to another and as a result…
I will be moving to Tokyo (with husband and kitty in tow) this summer where I will take on the position of Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning for ASIJ. While the prospect of leaving a city I love, my McREL family, and a job that I adore is bittersweet, I am SO EXCITED to begin this new chapter in our lives and to embrace all the challenges and joys that living in a different country will bring. Most of all, I am honored to join this amazing community of educators.
I hope to chronicle my travels, learning, and experiences on this blog and via my Twitter account (@erhubbell). I hope you will join me in the conversation.