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Burrton Business Teacher Moving To Mexico

Posted 5/18/2017

By Jared Janzen

BURRTON—Kenna Teel has sold all her possessions and is ready to immerse herself in a completely new culture. For the past five years, Teel has taught business and computer classes at Burrton High School, but this fall she’ll be moving to Torreon, Mexico, a city of more than 600,000 residents.

Teel will be teaching computer skills to eighth-graders and twelfth-graders at Colegio Americano de Torreon. This is an English-speaking private school with 95 percent of students being Mexicans, Teel said.BURRTON High School’s Kenna Teel will be moving to Mexico this fall to teach computer classes at a Colegio Americano de Torreon for the next several years. BURRTON High School’s Kenna Teel will be moving to Mexico this fall to teach computer classes at a Colegio Americano de Torreon for the next several years.

This will be her second experience teaching internationally, having taught two years in Dubai.

“I thought if I’m going to do it again, I’d better do it now,” Teel said.

She’s also traveled many other places across the globe. Some of her favorite experiences have been going on a safari in Africa and scuba diving off the coast of Oman, but she’s also been to Europe, New Zealand and Peru. 

“There’s been so many great experiences, so many great adventures,” she said.

She’s visited Mexico once before and speaks a little Spanish.

“Muy, muy poco,” she said.

The city of Torreon is a younger city that’s only about 100 years old, owing its population boom to the creation of a railroad between it and El Paso, Texas.

“It’s not going to have the historical, Mexican-feel that everywhere else has, but I can always go visit those places,” she said.

Teel got connected to Colegio Americano de Torreon through a job fair for international education. She’s signed a two-year renewable contract with the school, and since she’s sold everything she owns, there’s a good chance she will stay longer.

“When I went to Dubai I stored everything, thinking that when I came back I would have all my stuff,” Teel said. “This time I sold it all.”

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