Wow! I will be embarking upon my journey to the UAE with my family in a matter of months. My husband, my two-year old daughter and I will share this amazing new journey together. This is a dream come true. When I was in college, I wanted to study abroad but my mother passed away, which left me with the responsibility of helping my dad with my then teenaged ‘baby’ sister. I am feeling really honored for such an opportunity. I grew up in a neighborhood in Houston called Trinity Gardens, at one point, it was not the best place to live. It was filled with gang-related activity and drugs. However, my parents instilled the word of God, integrity, and values into my sisters and me.

I feel blessed and humbled. Since I started this journey, I have been fortunate to connect with some great people. I had my phone interview back in September 2013 and my in person interview was held here in Houston February 7, 2014. I experienced so many different emotions. I was extremely nervous, excited and happy. My emotions were wrapped into one big bundle!

Two men interviewed me in the initial stages in order to confirm my years of experience. Let’s just say that they were VERY thorough. There were so many questions that I was asked. Some included, differentiation, how I would implement technology in the classroom, what my classroom would look like and classroom management strategies.

I answered all the questions with confidence and to the best of my ability. At the end of the interview, I was told that it seemed like I had what they were looking for. They also said that it seemed like I was flexible based on my experience and examples. I was relieved.

After the interview the waiting game began. I was a bit anxious as to whether or not I had been recommended to ADEC. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait too long. I received my letter stating that I had been recommended a mere week after my interview. This was followed a short time after by my offer letter, which included my contract. I signed it two days later.  I was not anxious; we had run out of toner in our printer….

Who would have thought this little girl from Trinity Gardens would be on her way to such an amazing journey?

My husband and I wanted to do back flips but instead we just danced around. Our journey had already started but now we were officially on our way!


PreSha Barnes

About PreSha Barnes

PreSha Barnes has been an educator for the past seven (7) years and will be embarking on her journey with her family to the UAE in August, 2014. She enjoys teaching but what really makes her tick is writing and sharing her work with others.

  • Priscilla Palmer

    God had you then and he will certainly have you now. Good luck on your journey and god bless!!!! Love you bunches
    Your little sister

    • PreSha

      Thanks baby sis! I love you too!

  • Bettina Bennett

    PreSha! I’m go glad you’re sharing your story here too! I cannot wait to meet you on the other side.

    • PreSha

      I can’t to wait to meet you either!!

  • Shawauna Jackson

    That’s my sister.. I’m so proud of you and I can’t wait to begin this journey with you and your family.. SISTERHOOD is headed to the USA

    • PreSha

      Awww, thanks! Our journey begins in a mere few months, and it is going to be awesome!

  • Noelle

    PreSha welcome aboard. I’ve been in Abu Dhabi 2 years and also came from the Houston area. U are truly about to embark on an interesting adventure. Hope to meet u one day soon. Let me know if I can be of assistance with ur transition to the UAE. God bless u and ur family.

    • PreSha

      Thanks Noelle, I really appreciate that! Please send me your email, I have loads of questions!

  • Darishia “Dallas” Austell

    Omg Pre’Sha! Small world. I’m from Houston as well. I was raised in 5th ward, Kashmere Gardens, and Houston Gardens areas! So proud to share this journey with you! We must meet over in the sandbox!

    • PreSha

      It is a small world! We are going to have to have lunch soon!


    Sister I am so proud of you and the blog!!!! I can’t wait to turn up with you in AD!!!!!!

    • PreSha

      I can’t wait either Nitia! We are going to have a blast!

  • safirah

    Congrats sissy 🙂

    • PreSha

      Thank you hun!