Georgia Magazine - September 2012 - (Page 56)

CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG From England to Georgia A teacher’s story By MAry MccArney W Safe Digging Is No Accident! Always Call 811 Before You Dig. One FREE, easy call gets your utility lines marked AND helps protect you from injury and expense. hen I first heard we were being sent to Georgia, I’m sorry to say that my reaction was not very positive. “No way,” I protested. “Far too hot!” But, fortunately, the idea grew on me, and seven years (and seven sweltering summers) later, there’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be. It all started in 2004 when I spotted a newspaper advertisement back in our native Britain. “Teach in the sunny Southern states,” it said. “Do you want to make a difference?” As if anyone could say no to that. But I also blame my hubby, David, of course. Ever since his 40th birthday, the need for a “really big adventure before it’s too late” had hit us hard. And so, on the brink of a joint midlife crisis, we decided to apply, take up the challenge, have the experience of a lifetime and hopefully make a difference too. That’s how we ended up in Georgia, first time around. Once I’d overcome my initial aversion to any temperature above 70 degrees, David and I joined the international teachers program and were assigned to elementary schools in Alpharetta and Roswell. As “cultural ambassadors,” our mission was to share our British culture, celebrate diversity, promote international understanding and exchange global perspectives with our new students. Oh, and teach them too, of course. GEORGIA MAGAZINE 56 More online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - September 2012

Georgia Magazine - September 2012
Picture This?
Georgia News
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Georgia's Energy Outlook
Dedicated to duty
Resolved, for good
The 2012 Washington Youth Tour
Focusing on the future
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - September 2012