August 23, 2012
Ty Marshall, formerly of Portsmouth, a 2011 graduate of Shawnee State University, first went to China as a student teacher.
He had 18 classes with at least 50 students or more in each class – around 1,000 students.
"These kids are so eager to learn," Marshall said. "It is so gratifying to see students avidly paying attention. They want to learn."
Marshall recently married a Chinese teacher, Yuan "Panda" Zi, who was an exchange student at Shawnee State where they met.
He now teaches kindergarten in Zhuhai, Guangdong, China, in a private school with about 28 students in his class.
"If you have a college degree," Marshall said. "There is no shortage of jobs there – especially if you are an English teacher or an education major, you'll have people fighting over you."