1. Introduction

My wife, Jeni, and I are veteran expatriates, passionate educators, and empty nesters. Florida natives, both of us, we have also lived in Texas and South Carolina, and since 1998, in Malaysia, Qatar, and Vietnam.

I am currently teaching a variety of high school humanities subjects at Concordia International School in Hanoi -- literature, psychology, politics, and religion. Jeni teachers preschoolers. Prior to Hanoi, we lived for three years in Doha, Qatar where I worked as a manager and tutor with Oxford LearningI also did private tutoring and served as an adjunct faculty member with American Public University System teaching online in their humanities (MA) and religion (BA) programs.

From 1998 to 2013, I lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the first eleven years as pastor of an international church, then as a lecturer and teaching dean at KDU University College, a 30-year-old, reputable university in Kuala Lumpur. I was responsible for the health and growth of a pre-university school -- 36 faculty and 500 students -- in a multi-campus, private university of about 4000 students.  

After fifteen years, we left Malaysia and moved to Qatar on the Arabian/ Persian Gulf. Jeni had been teaching at The International School of Kuala Lumpur during our time in KL. She was recruited by the director of Qatar Academy, a friend, to teach there. After three years in Qatar, we moved back to Southeast Asia, and we both began to teach for Concordia International School Hanoi.


We have two grown daughters who spent most of their school years at The International School of Kuala Lumpur. One is now a teacher (ESOL and elementary school) with experience in Algeria and Florida on her way to the American International School of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The other is a PhD student in history at Vanderbilt University under a full fellowship from the university. She is working on her dissertation now.