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Jen learns her ultimate destiny.
The Barefoot School: Conclusion

Monday, May 21

This is finals week and it’s going to be difficult. I hope that my students are all ready because in June they’re going to take the Certificate exams which will determine where they will go next. The thing is that I received a letter from International English saying that their contract with the Dakinayan government is finished. I guess that means I’ll be out of a job.

I worry if that means I failed or didn’t perform somehow. I guess I feel upset because I’ve grown fond of this country in spite of all its flaws. Now I’m going to have to go back home and get a job. I hope it’s not a place where I’ll have to wear high heels. I’ve gotten so used to working in my bare feet that I’m going to miss it.

Tuesday, May 22

I was talking to Jon and he said that he’s going to take classes at the University to become a certified teacher.
Just then I realized that I’m going to miss him too. It’s kind of weird. Is it possible to be in love with someone with whom you’ve never been on a date or anything?

Wednesday, May 23

I talked to Headmaster Danilayan and Assistant Headmistress Abramayan. They both said they were pleased with my performance as a teacher. They really couldn’t say why I hadn’t been renewed. But Headmaster pointed out that I was only on an annual contract and maybe the Ministry of Education was going to send another teacher.

Thursday, May 24

This was the final exams day. Truth is I didn’t let anybody know what I was really thinking. I did the best I could.

Friday, May 25

This was going to be the final day. I finished saying good bye to everyone at the school. But when I got home, I received a notice in the mail from the Ministry of Education offering to renew my contract for another year.

Monday, May 28

Today was graduation day for the George Eliot High School class of 2001. They held it at the school’s courtyard. The girls were all wearing blue caps and gowns and they were all barefoot. It was a very moving and happy occasion. I really felt like I made a difference. And the best part of all was knowing that I’ll be back for the next school year.

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