Valley native to teach in China

NEW CANADA, Maine — A New Canada native has accepted a job teaching English to children on the other side of the world. In May, Michelle Daigle, 23, will travel far from her childhood home to Xuzhou, China where she will teach children ages 3-14.

“It just kind of sounded interesting and exciting and an experience I don’t see myself having in the future. I get a chance to travel to a different country and get paid while doing it,” Daigle said.

A 2012 Fort Kent Community High School graduate, Daigle earned a bachelor of science degree in anthropology with a minor in classical civilizations from Colby College.

This will not be Daigle’s first experience living overseas. While a Colby student, she participated in a study abroad program in Greece.

Daigle said she learned of the job opportunity in China through Colby’s  career center.

To prepare for her new job, Daigle completed an online course and earned a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.

She has also been reading about Xuzhou to learn about the city she will soon call home.

Located in eastern China, the population of Xuzhou is more than 8 million people.

Daigle has experience working with children. She participated in the mentoring group Colby Cares About Kids during which she spent an hour each week for four years mentoring a female public school student.  Daigle also volunteered for the Birthday Celebrations project through the Colby Volunteer Center. Birthday Celebrations provides birthday parties for children who live at Mid Maine Homeless Shelter.

Michelle Daigle’s parents are John and Nola Daigle. Her siblings are Melanie, Heather, Matthew, Jacob and Ashley.

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