Chad Niemann joined St. Mary’s, as a Grade 3 teacher, in the 2021-2022 school year. Originally from the state of Illinois in the USA, Chad has lived in Vietnam for over 6 years. We sat down with Mr. Chad to talk more about what brought him to this moment here – teaching Grade 3 at St. Mary’s in Vietnam – and what it means for him and his students.
Why did you want to teach?
I grew up helping my mother set up her 2nd grade classroom, planning lessons and grading homework. Those experiences made me want to become an elementary teacher.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Teaching is a very rewarding profession. I enjoy working with young learners because they are playful and creative. My students also inspire me to be the best teacher I can be.
What brought you to Vietnam?
I began teaching in Vietnam because of my love for travel and exploring new cultures and geography. I knew friends already working in Vietnam. They told me teachers are highly regarded in Vietnam and the students are wonderful and well-behaved. The local community is friendly and welcoming and the food is amazing. I feel very lucky to have arrived in Vietnam and after six years of living here, I consider it my second home.