Moving to London

I have greatly enjoyed my six years at Oregon Episcopal School, and I have worked with the finest faculty and staff imaginable. Thus, it was a very difficult decision when the opportunity arose to be considered for the Director of Technology position at the American School in London. ASL is a K through 12 school of 1300 students located in the St. Johns Wood area of London.

As time passed, as my wife and I weighed the opportunities and costs, it became clear that an opportunity to work at an exceptional school overseas would not happen often, and that moving our children to a new city and country would be easier now (when they are 8 and 10 years old) than later. I lived in London for four months right after I graduated from college, so I knew the city and how exciting it could be to live there.

St. Johns WoodSo, we’re making the move. All this week (during Spring Break) we’re shedding years and hundreds of pounds of old papers, books, bikes, boats, and other gear as we prepare for the move. We’ll likely sell the house, the cars and the sailboat, and start again with a basic three bedroom flat and only a fraction of our current possessions. This “restart” was an attractive part of the process, since we’ve felt a bit cluttered and overwhelmed by our house during the past couple of years.

As for the American School in London, we’re very excited by the academic program and the opportunities while working there. We both feel our kids should enjoy the school and its multicultural student body and surrounding community.

At OES, Brad Baugher (our current MS Technology Coordinator) will be taking over for me as Director of Technology. I hope he’ll consider starting a blog to help others follow OES’s program in the future. There are many details to work out there before I leave this summer, and I’ll continue this blog to share notes about our progress. I also hope to continue it in London, and the technology challenges and integration approaches I’ll work with there.

Until then, wish me luck with flooding Craigslist with bicycles, camping gear and other possessions as we clean out our house. (My wife actually plans to let go of six boxes of teaching supplies and materials– wow!).

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