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Bethany Lerch | English Language Teacher and Independent Writer | Wisconsin, Germany, and the Middle East
“We play Arab idol now. We sit and you sing.”

Sixteen saw a year-long study abroad in Germany and an infusion of relentless independence. Adolescent perception was kicked into overdrive and writing made a home in her bones. Ambition fueled a fiery story line after that.

There was a sustainable development internship in Germany, a federal internship in Washington, DC, and graduation from UW-Oshkosh before 21. Fulbright took her to the Rhineland and then a Rotary scholarship sent her to Scotland. Twenty-three received a Master of Letters from the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Then she returned home to Wisconsin where she fell into animal and social welfare, writing and volunteerism, and created Rotaract Oshkosh.

Each of those experiences was formative; each was made more meaningful by what was written in the midst of living them. From September 2013 to August 2014 she wholeheartedly lived another as Assistant Lecturer at the Institute for American Studies at the University of Leipzig in Germany. She just wrapped up three months in the Middle East, long since a desire, as an English teacher in the Palestinian village of Qoseen.