I am forever grateful to the Edgar family for opening their home and hearts to me and being my American parents for that year.
When the year was done, I planned on going home to become a doctor.
But as soon as I returned to Brazil, English schools in my town wanted to hire me because of the beautiful English I was speaking, without an accent. Having gone to ODCS opened the door for me here in Brazil! I've been married since 1995, and we have two children, Nicholas and Nicole.
So I decided to work as a teacher to pay for my studies and never stopped. I am still living in the same city I was born, Vila Velha, in the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil.
Although I have never returned to the US, I use English in my daily life...classes, reading articles, and movies.
I have been teaching my children to speak English; expecting them to be more successful as speaking English will open the way to a better life.
Maybe one day I can send them to ODCS too, as my parents did."-"The teachers at ODCS cared about us and invested time in us! Without the teachers, the coaches and my friends/teammates, I would not be where I am today.
Coach Wright and I have recently become closer over my college years. He never gave up on me; I look at him as my role model.
The path to entering the field of education was drastically different for both Tom and Sara, but each have found great satisfaction in helping students succeed.
When Tom graduated from ODCS he had no intent of teaching, but rather had set his sights on broadcasting and/or advertising.