Hello! My name is Abeni Aschebrook and my hometown is honestly wherever I happen to be living when I am asked this question; currently, my response is Green Bay, Wisconsin. I am an Elementary Education (1-8) and English as a Second Language (K-12) major at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and I will teaching middle school creative writing for Term 4 as a student teacher at Havelock North High School in Hastings, New Zealand.
A tidbit from my past—my family always moved around a lot when I was growing up. In turn, I’ve found myself bitten by the travel bug so seeing and experiencing new parts of the country and/or world has always seemed like the natural thing to do. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to learn from and enjoy the educational system of another country so I can continue to open my eyes to the reality of our changing world while sharing in the varying cultures of both the United States and New Zealand. I’ve been planning for an experience like this since I was a freshman in college and now when I’m just a week away, this incredible adventure cannot begin soon enough!