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Gloria Meier teaches in a classroom in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in this 2004 photo. Teaching there was similar to teaching in a country school in the U.S. with students of many ages being taught in the same classroom. (Submitted photo courtesy of Dick and Gloria Meier)

Home from teaching abroad


SPICER -- For many Americans, moving to live in a foreign country can be a difficult relocation.

For a couple from Spicer, returning to the U.S. after teaching school overseas for four years was just as challenging.

Gloria Meier, a second-grade teacher at Prairie Woods Elementary School in New London, returned home this year with her husband, Dick, after teaching students and establishing new schools in China, Albania and Tajikistan. They had been overseas since 2004.

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