Southdown's David Crimi to Teach
Southdown Primary School second grade dual language teacher David Crimi is leaving his post in the Huntington School District and moving with his family to Thailand where he will work as a fourth grade teacher at International School Bangkok.
ISB features an international curriculum that is taught entirely in English. The enrollment of 1,800 spread across grades K-12 includes students from all over the world. Mr. Crimi's wife, Nube, who teaches one ESL class each day at J. Taylor Finley Middle School, has been hired to teach Spanish at ISB. The institution is regarded as one of the premier school's in Asia, if not the top one. It is located in a suburban setting just outside of Bangkok proper. The new school year at ISB will begin on August 14.
"I had been in contact with many different schools since October," Mr. Crimi said. "We were offered the jobs at an international teacher job fair in Cambridge, Massachusetts in February and also received an offer from International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We interviewed with schools in India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Chile."
The Crimi's have sold their house and are awaiting the closing. They leave for Asia on July 25. "I've been very busy, first selling the house and then packing my home and school life away," Mr. Crimi said.
ISB provides teachers with a three bedroom condo with a pool, three minutes from the campus. "Widely recognized as one of the premier international schools in the world, International School Bangkok has been providing quality education since 1951 to expatriates representing more than 60 countries," according to the institution's website. "Conveniently located just outside the heart of the city, ISB's 15 hectare campus is nestled in a beautiful community called Nichada Thani where children can walk or ride their bicycle to school along tree-lined paths."
"It's very tough to say goodbye to my Southdown family," Mr. Crimi said. "I have been blessed to work here. There has been unparalleled support and good will within these walls. My colleagues are top notch and know their stuff. I have learned so much. It's made me the teacher I have become today,"