keyth kroboth she wakes up grateful each morning to leave her house in New Jersey to teach in the EF Campus in tarrytown. She has been working there for 20 years and the job has allowed her to meet people from all over the world, from Arabia to Argentina. However, being a teacher for international students was not her first job choice.
Keyth’s first interest was the world of cinema. For several years she worked in commercial film production. However, she did not feel 100% comfortable with this job, she felt that she was not using her brain enough and that the work environment was really difficult. She wanted to get out of that environment, so when a friend of hers told her about an open house to live abroad and teach English as a second language, she jumped at the chance. Her first job abroad involved a year in Mexico. Her experience taught her to step out of her comfort zone, just as EF students do when coming to a foreign country to immerse themselves in the language and culture. The experience is an opportunity for them to grow and learn about themselves.
EF NY is one of the largest EF campuses in the world. However, at the beginning, there were not many students and there were only 5 classrooms. These, the director’s office and the administrative room were located in the same building. Eventually, EF began to grow and the goals of the students grew with the school. Some come to prepare for an English exam, such as the Cambridge Certificate. Others take courses that will help prepare them for college.
Keyth says that EF has changed with Covid-19, but the students are what make each year different and special. That is why Keyth wants to bring something new every day and hopes to teach his students something special. She hopes to learn from them too. The teacher-student relationship is so strong and unique that she keeps in touch with many of her former students.
Among some people in Tarrytown, EF students don’t have a good reputation. Partly this is because some of them come home late at night and tend to make noise when most of the other villagers are sleeping. Keyth believes this is due to his youth and inexperience with American culture. She hopes people will see the good things these students have to offer the community: “Any time people who are curious and eager to learn come here, it will be good for any community,” she said.
Keyth works 5 days a week from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and then returns to New Jersey. Keyth feels that she is in a unique position that has allowed her to learn about different cultures. She is grateful that this ended up being her career path.
“It will be bittersweet when the end comes because it is a unique position. Go see the world, open your eyes and open your mind. It’s great out there!”
Martina Masetti is an EF student at Tarrytown. She is originally from Argentina.