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Meet Jon Sayer, School’s Out’s new webmaster

by Jon Sayer | | Posted under School's Out News

Jon SayerJon Sayer just joined School’s Out in late February as our new Database and Web Communications Coordinator. He is responsible for all aspects of

Where are you from?

I grew up in Renton, WA, but I was born in Vancouver, BC. I’ve lived in Seattle since 2009 (with an interruption between 2011 and 2013 when I lived in Romania).

What do you like to do in your own time?

I’d like to tell you that I write read science fiction and spend my weekends hiking Washington’s wild places. Which is true, I love to do those things. But more often than not, I’m watching Youtube videos and playing video games. Before I was at School’s Out, I spent my days learning new technologies in the web development field, such as jQuery. Lately, I have been spending my break times learning Spanish on Duolingo.

What brought you to SOWA?          

From 2011 to 2013 I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania. There, I was responsible for teaching English to Romanian middle schoolers both in school, after school, and in the summer. I feel like I did as good a job as I could, but I could have done more if only I’d had better and more thorough training. When I found the posting for my position online, I researched School’s Out a bit and discovered their (our?) mission of providing training to after school and youth professionals. I knew it was a mission I could believe in because I understood the value of that training.

Tell us one thing that you are proud of.

Many things, but most of all is Teach Like A PCV, a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teaching resources site developed by me and other Peace Corps volunteers from Romania. I proud of this site because it’s well organized and designed for the people who are using it in mind.

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