There's an entire book I've written just about a year I spent in Hungary. I can't imagine trying to sum up my life in a few hundred words. But I guess I will anyway - in bullet point fashion
Born in Winston-Salem, NC in the mid 60's (too young to be a hippie)
Was a geeky and loud youth - had some cool friends anyway.
Went to Duke University and was there to see the Coach K dynasty begin
Worked at P&G for five years as Computer Systems Analyst
Quit Corporate America to teach - go figure! Was a surprise to me too.
Spent some time getting my Masters at NWMSU (tiny town, awesome school)
Spent some time in Europe and Africa - working, playing, living
Finally started teaching and coaching in St. Louis - difficult but rewarding
Arrived in California too poor to teach - went back to Tech for a while
Really missed teaching - landed at Hercules High. I love it here.
Traveled all over including 6 months in Indonesia
Wow. 40+ years in 12 bullets. Of course I left out things like running marathons, doing an Iron Man, getting a dog, playing in a band, writing a book, scraping my knee, learning to cooking, going to Burning Man, doing homework, and all the other highs and lows that make up a wonderful and (I think) interesting life.
Where to find Michael Taylor online
The Journey Is The Reward: A Year of Teaching and Traveling in Rural Hungary
by Michael Taylor
Approx. 60,090 words.
Published on July 1, 2011.
Live vicariously through Mike Taylor as he recounts his tales of leaving Corporate America for a teaching position in a small town in Hungary. Feel the angst of breaking the golden handcuffs, the excitement of meeting the students and new friends, the joy of traveling about Europe, and the humor of a day-to-day existence in a foreign culture.
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