“My Story” Writing Assignment I believe that history is all about stories, and each year I ask my students to tell me their story. I’ve learned a terrific amount about my students from these first person accounts, and I am asking, once again, that you tell me your story. However, I think it is only fair that I tell you my story and allow you to get to know me a little better… Dear Students, My full name is Sabina Marie Vogt, and my last name is pronounced “vote.” My ancestors came from the Swiss-German part of Switzerland in the 1800s and ended up in Ohio, U.S.A. In the 1960s, my parents were living in Germany and decided to find out where my father’s side of the family came from. They ended up in a small town called Mandach where my father’s relatives look just like him! My upbringing has probably been similar to some of you. My parents were international school teachers for my K-12 education. My parents were quite the adventurers. A year and a bit after I was born they decided to take my older sister and me to live in the former-Zaire (The American School of Kinshasa) which is now Congo. Then we moved to Cairo, Egypt (Cairo American College) for two years, and I would horseback ride around the pyramids. When I was in third grade we moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (International School of Kuala Lumpur) where I ate Indian, Chinese, and Malay food. I also loved going to dances and hanging out with friends. In 10th grade, we moved to Bangkok, Thailand (International School Bangkok), and this is where I graduated from high school. When I was in high school, I was on the swim team and soccer team. I even swam in an I.A.S.A.S. competition in the old I.S.M. swimming pool! For college, I studied geography and education (secondary social studies) at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. Because of my international life, I am very close to my family. My mother was an elementary school teacher, and my father helped middle school students who had learning difficulties. It didn’t surprise me when I decided to be a teacher too. My parents finished working and retired on a beach in Thailand. Sadly, my father passed away in March 2008, and that’s been difficult for my family. He was a great man! My mother moved to Burma to teach at an international school but finally retired this year. She now lives in Manila too! Then there are my two fabulous sisters. Kirsten, my older sister, lives in Manila too because her husband is the new IT director at ISM. They also have a cute little boy named Mijla who will come visit us from time to time. Anje, my younger sister, is a nanny and pre-school teacher in San Francisco, California. Finally, I’d like you to hear about my wonderful husband, Rudy del Rosario whose passion is soccer. He was a striker for the Philippine team for 10 years! He is a soccer coach at ISM and is the head coach for the Homeless World Cup- Philippine team. He will be going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for this tournament in September! So what are my likes and dislikes? As you probably already guessed, I love traveling and living abroad. I enjoy getting to know new cultures. In addition, I salivate at the mouth when eating yummy food from around the world. Indian and Korean food are by far my favorites, but I am open to trying almost anything. Also, my friends are what make me happy. I couldn’t imagine being alone in this world. On the other hand, I dislike when people are disrespectful toward others. I think it’s important to find ways to get along despite the differences at times. Learning to get along with others is one of the most crucial skills in life. Finally, I am looking forward to getting to know you all this year and having some fun exploring cultures with you. -Ms. Vogt Be sure to include information about your heritage, your school experiences, your family, and your likes and dislikes. Divide your letter into paragraphs talking about each of these items so it should be 4 paragraphs long. Your letter should be hand-written, no less than one page and no more than three pages, and written on lined paper, single spaced. Be sure to check your grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.