Redding resident John Guffey has spent the last year teaching English to young children in Shenyang, China, a town four hours northeast of Beijing. He describes his time as a teacher as “so fulfilling he wants to share it with others.” He’ll do just that at the Mark Twain Library on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to speaking about his teaching experiences, Mr. Guffey will touch on what he admires about Chinese culture and customs. The process of applying to teach and how to follow through on obtaining the required visas and documents will also be discussed. And, he’ll bring the audience up to date on some recent news about the country while also offering information the Chinese culture and customs learned while living and studying in the country.
Mr. Guffey, the son of Rand and Mary Jane Guffey of Redding, first became interested in China while a student at Joel Barlow High School. He pursued his interest as an East Asian Studies major at the University of Arizona, from which he graduated in 2010. While a college student he spent his junior year studying at Nanjing Norml University, a teacher’s college in W Province.
What’s next for the adventurous resident? He will be returning to China in late January to teach English as a Second Language and test preparation classes to Chinese high school students interested in coming to the United States for college.
The public is invited to his talk. Those interested should register by calling the Mark Twain Library, 203-938-2545 or online through the library’s website marktwainlibrary.org.