A Life Less Ordinary
Chris Van Dyk
Copyright 2012 Chris Van Dyk
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The Beginning of a Journey
My name is Chris Van Dyk. I’m a small-town farm boy from a little place known as Dublin, VA. Last time I checked I believe our population was standing at a staggering… 4,000. I’ve lived there my entire life except for a short stint of marriage that carried me to a town of nearly tiny population ten minutes away. I’m a pretty average guy. I can go out and enjoy myself, or be just as content to stay home and watch some random show about the search for giant squid on Discovery Channel.
By trade, I am an English teacher: certified for Secondary Education (meaning 6th-12th grades in the state of Virginia). As fate would have it, I spent the two years after college searching for a full-time position with no luck. Due to my obligations to my wife, while married I turned down several offers out-of-state. The county where I did my teaching internship hired me on as a Summer Academy teacher two years in a row, but then happily passed me up for several consecutive jobs in the years to follow. They still kept asking me to do “long term sub” positions, however. After two years of my younger days wasted, I decided enough was enough: during a Google search for teaching positions, I found an ad on Yahoo Hot Jobs for teachers to come to South Korea.