|Mr. Dan Zeegers|
One of his first jobs was waiting tables at a restaurant at Disney World. There, he worked along side older female staff members who, as he said, "kept pinching my cheeks and pulling on my ears all the time." Later, he became a boat tour guide in the Disney Park. He was required to give a serious lecture on how plants grew without soil. But guess what? "It was such a boring speech that I just couldn't stand saying it, so instead I would tell jokes all the time... And then, of course, I got in trouble," he confessed.
When Mr. Zeegers returned to Florida in 1993, he worked as a manager at a dinner theater. However, he was still not satisfied, and one day, he read a newspaper ad that changed his whole life - a school in Ukraine was looking for a person who would teach for 1 year. Young and enthusiastic, Mr. Zeegers was interested in a country he knew nothing about. After some research and negotiations, he accepted the job.
Leaving everything behind, Mr. Zeegers arrived in Ukraine for what he thought would be only a year. Life, though, had its own plan for him. "And then I met my wife... And then I fell in love with her... And then I didn't want to leave her..." he admitted. Suddenly, a year became almost 20 years.
Throughout these years numerous things have changed in his life. Evidently, instead of becoming a successful businessman, he established a close bond with teaching. He went from being a PE teacher, to teaching middle school, to elementary,
and back to middle school. As he reflected, one of his brightest educational experiences was in the elementary: