Teaching without any educational background besides the skills you carry from college teaches you more than enough about social interactions, class, the educational system, and cultural dynamics. The difference between one part of Santiago and the other is incredible, and I am lucky to have experienced this. But, to move on, I finished up the semester and looked for another teaching job, this time at the DuocUC, a technical/professional institute, a much more structured operation. This time with an idea of what I was doing, I taught adults and young adults aged nineteen to thirty. It’s pretty hilarious to be called “Sir” when your student’s three years older than you.
In the meantime, I had this itch to teach American poetry something that I’m really passionate about. I organized a proposal and sent it to the education department in the municipality of Maipú, where I taught last semester, and was accepted! So twice a week I teach American poetry to community teachers of English language.
I have to take the chance to say thank you to all of my teachers in the English department. Professors Tony Lopez and Holly Dugan really opened my eyes to a new way of critiquing literature and the everyday things we take for granted; Chris Sten introducing me to American literature; and especially Fred Pollack and Jane Shore, who really helped me (along with a classroom full of excellent poets) along with my poetry, which I’m still writing today.
PS: I also have a poetry blog where I post interesting quotes and mostly my own poetry. I also had two poems published, one at www.prickofthespindle.com (volume 2), called "After Stanzas, Sexes, Seductions by Anne Carson," and one at www.thievesjargon.com called "I'm an inexperienced hiker."