DIY/Career

What Possessed Me to Teach High School in NYC?

From India and the UK to a classroom in NYC

Monica Ray, M.Ed, MS
The DIY Diaries
Published in
7 min readApr 29, 2024

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A photo of a elementary ESL classroom with lots of manipulatives and colorful posters
My ESL classroom in California (credit: Monica Ray)

September 2023 was approaching rapidly, and I had made my decision to give high school teaching a try. But how did I get there?

A bit of background

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Monica Ray, M.Ed, MS
The DIY Diaries

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