After finishing a 32-year teaching career with two years at the Koc School in Istanbul, Turkey, I retired from teaching to write, play, and adventure near my northwoods home near Lake Superior in Minnesota.
Enter long-term subbing. I returned to Istanbul to teach a total of five more semesters, some at Koç and some at Robert College. What an adventure I had!
My dear Friend Edda Renker Weissenbacher and I collaborated on a guidebook, Istanbul’s Bazaar Quarter ~ Backstreet Walking Tours. It was published by Çitlembik Publishing in 2009 and is available on Amazon and in many bookstores.
I’ve recently finished a memoir of my years teaching in Turkey, You must only to love them, Lessons Learned in Turkey. It’s been well-received, and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about my experiences.
My years in Turkey have broadened my life as well as my perspective. The world is filled with amazing people and fascinating places—and the Turks proved to be an incredibly warm, kind and giving people. I feel fortunate to have seen and experienced what I have these past years, and I look forward to many years of exploring and serving our world community. There’s much for all of us to do; my years abroad have made me keenly aware of our global responsibilities.
Here’s to world peace!