Pros: Housing provided
There is no job in the private sector that can possibly compare to the daily wonder of working with, interacting with, and learning with a class of third grade students. In addition, working as a teacher with DoDEA placed me in a unique teaching situation in Japan, a true melting pot of cultures in each classroom with seldom more than twenty students, the children of U.S. Navy personnel stationed with their families overseas. I have always maintained an excellent rapport with the parents of my students and, as a result, have experienced very positive outcomes in student progress. Again, no supervisor of adults in the workplace ever deals with the kind of energy, creativity, and dynamic curiosity that occurs in a group of eight and nine year olds! No two days in succession are ever the same.
DoDEA provides housing in addition to the salary and I was able to live off-base in a Japanese community and take full advantage of being an integral part of that community. Travel is encouraged with a flight home every two years and access to tours in the local area and in the region. Being a photographer, I have been able to expand my photographic resume while here and establish a viable website to showcase my work: fototake.smugmug.com