Turning the Page
With nothing but a few bags and a desire to learn something new, Charlie left behind his life in Greensboro. He embarked on an adventure to Taiwan and easily settled into his new life.
Charlie quickly made Taipei his home. He spent nearly three years teaching English before finding the Kang Chiao International School. He hit the ground running at Kang Chiao, building an entire yearlong honors curriculum in just one month. After two phenomenal semesters, Charlie was ready to take on more leadership.
“I think my life path is really about trying to understand how to be a great leader without being arrogant, and the answer has been to focus on the light in everyone around you and to wed your own sense of success to how much you have helped other people feel successful,” Charlie says. “ I was surrounded by these values at Guilford and it was because of that culture and my mentors, like Jeff Jeske and Heather Hayton, Honors Program Director, that I finally started to believe I had something to contribute.”
It was just his luck that Kang Chiao was expanding and needed someone to lead the teachers at its new campus in Linkou, Charlie’s spouse's hometown. “We were talking about having a family, and now this opportunity came up to move back to her hometown and a promotion for me — everything that I wanted,” he shares.