Hometown: Dallas, TX Study abroad experience: In high school, Tracy spent a summer studying Spanish in Madrid, Spain. During college, Tracy took a semester of of school to enroll in a TEFL certification program based in Prague, Czech Republic. Upon completion of the program, Tracy stayed in Prague for a few months teaching English to both children and adults. Education: BA in Applied Learning and Development with Elementary and Special Education Certification from the University of Texas at Austin Why did you choose to work in the field of international education, and what attracted you to API?After ten years of teaching in an elementary school setting, I decided it was the right time to explore another career path. Making the shift took a lot of forethought and soul-searching. I realized that it would be important for me to continue having a part in shaping youth to promote a well-rounded future. As an immigrant to the U.S. (I am from South Africa), cultural awareness has always been powerful for me. I was also lucky enough to study abroad in high school and teach abroad in college, and those experiences have forever shaped me. Knowing that I’d have a part in assisting other high school and college students have successful experiences studying in other countries, and learning about other cultures, international education seemed like a great fit for this next adventure in my professional life. What solidified working at API for me, is that my supervisor is best friends with the mother of a former third-grade student of mine! Upon meeting her, there was no question that API would become my new ‘family’.