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AISA Member Spotlight: Megan Bagdonas from AISL

POSTED: August 14, 2018Category: AISA ArticlesBY: Barnabas Suva

Welcome to the first AISA member spotlight, a place where we highlight some of the talented and interesting people working in our member schools. We hope you enjoy getting to know the AISA community.

Name: Megan Bagdonas

School: American International School of Lagos (Nigeria)

Role: Grade 5 classroom teacher

1.       WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT LIVING IN LAGOS

Lagos is a giant melting pot of African culture with vibrant energy. There is always something happening – be it art shows, music performances, food festivals, or sailing regattas. Sometimes it’s not always easy to find, but it’s always there if you look.

2.       WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL

Lagos life can feel a bit hectic, frenzied and frustrating at times, but I think our staff does an excellent job of being there for each other – not just for school issues – but mental health issues. I felt welcomed from the beginning and try to pass that on to new staff. We don’t compete against each other, we look after one another.

3.       BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY INTO INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

I was originally a newspaper journalist. I was awarded a research fellowship to study in Tanzania for a year and I fell in love with this continent – it’s variety, it’s landscape, it unique (and sometimes puzzling) outlook on life. I vowed to try and find a way to stay. Teaching came naturally, and I worked at various schools in South Africa and Mozambique before deciding to make teaching abroad my life career and got a Masters in Education to work in major international schools.

4.       FAVOURITE BOOK, MOVIE OR TV SERIES

Book: Cloud Atlas (David Mitchel)

Movie: La Vie en Rose (biopic on French singer Edith Piaf’s)

TV Show: Modern Family, of course (My father and brothers work on the show!)

5.       PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL GOAL FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS

Honestly, it keeps changing. I once wanted to get back to teaching higher level IB courses in the humanities, but am now really loving teaching 5th grade! I would like to move more into helping organize international trips, and perhaps get more involved in coaching.

6.       FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY

I love Mozambique for it’s expansive and varied coastline and all the fantastic islands. Also, they have the best prawns in the world!

7.       WORK-LIFE-BALANCE – BEST TIPS? WHAT WORKS FOR YOU?

Make your home a place of beauty and a respite from the chaotic world around you. Create a space that smells lovely, looks as enticing as you are, and make your bed a heavenly dream. Sleep is so important! Take time to decorate and add flourishes that will make you proud of your living space. Think of your home as your foundation, or a showcase for the life you’ve earned and created for yourself.

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