My name is Erena Fulton. I have been a teacher for 20 years; 15 devoted to literature and writing classes and the other five to adventure-based counseling. In northern New York, I taught English and Reading to children in grades 7 - 12 in a small rural school close to the Canadian border. At QSI Baku, for two years, I taught Literature, Writing, Creative Writing, and AP Literature at the secondary level. I also taught sign language and bass guitar as after-school activities. At QSI Tbilisi, I will be teaching 12 YOC Reading, Writing, and Cultural Studies. My husband, Steve, will be teaching Cultural Studies at the secondary level.
My years as a director and trainer in team-building and conflict resolution, using an adventure-based curriculum, are invaluable as teaching tools on a daily basis. Music also influences my teaching; I embed music into many of my lessons because it’s an irresistible draw for students especially for teaching writing skills.
I have lived a mobile life from birth because my father and my husband were in the Air Force. My father was Canadian, my mother is British, and my sister is Korean; I also have family members from the Philippines and Japan. These cultural influences enrich and expand my understanding of how individual experiences impact a person’s perspective, and they continue to shape my approach to teaching. In my free time, I read, sew, cook, and play bass guitar and sing in a band with my husband and three other friends.
Steve and I will miss our children and grandchildren, but we look forward to our time in QSI Tbilisi making new friends, learning about the Georgian culture, and working with our students.