Last day home

Tonight we will have one last family gathering before I leave to celebrate my grandma’s birthday. Celebrated mass with my church community this morning. And, was surprised by this article in the local newspaper. I will carry so much love and support with me.


The Last Week at Home

I leave one week from today. I have so many feelings and so much to do. And there is so much that I wanted to do before I left that will not get done! But if we wait until we are ready, we will never do anything.

I wanted to explain some aspects of this blog. Naming this site was an arduous task. I talked to several people about it. We brainstormed several ideas. I probably had some better ideas, but they got lost in the shuffle. In the end, “Kazakh: means free spirit and “stan” means land of. Hence, Journey in the Land of the Free Spirit. I am known as a bit of a free spirit, so perhaps Kazakhstan and I will be a good match.

I haven’t used WordPress for blogging before. I will have to see how this works out. I may have to change to another blog, but I am hopeful that this will be functional enough. I will let everyone know and post links if I do change.

Hope you all have a great week! I will post as I can while I am traveling. But there won’t be many more US posts. Soon there will be posts from a new place!!! Peace and love to you all!!

Getting There

FBI Fingerprints

School Resource Officer fingerprinting me for FBI background check that was required. We had difficulty finding a time when he was at school and not dealing with a situation and a time when I was available. We finally found time during an assembly in the foyer outside the gym. The first set was rejected as unable to be read. Ended up having to do it a second time. This was just one of the MANY steps in the process to embark on this journey.


I am a teacher from Eastern Kentucky. I have been offered the incredible opportunity to teach at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Biology and Chemistry in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan. I couldn’t be more excited about this journey. On this site I will document this adventure and keep family, friends, and followers informed about the many exciting new experiences to come.

I worked in the business world (restaurant management, insurance, accounting, and other areas) in the Cincinnati/ Northern Kentucky area before selling almost everything I owned and moving to Morehead, KY to attend graduate school and become an educator. I have worked for 8 years as an English/Arts and Humanities teacher.

A friend went to Abu Dhabi to teach. I was trying to get a job teaching in a school in her network when this opportunity in Kazakhstan was posted. After phone interviews, a Skype interview, emails, tons of paperwork, and several verifications of documentation, I will be teaching in Pavlodar for the 2014-2015 school year. So once again, I have sold everything and will start all over again.

I have lived in several cities in Kentucky and a few places in Ohio. I have traveled to several places in the US and Canada. This is my first overseas experience.

When I am not working with my students or on classroom projects, I read, knit, enjoy movies, and most types of the arts. I love museums, opera, and the circus.

I hope that you enjoy sharing this experience with me.