After 34 years in education, Nisswa Elementary School Principal Erin Herman will retire at the end of the school year—sort of.
She and her husband, Steve, will embark on an adventure to Paraguay where she’ll be an elementary school principal at an American-sponsored school for two years.
Herman and her husband will work at the same school in the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion. Her husband, a math teacher, was offered a high school math teaching position at the same K-12 school where Herman will be elementary principal.
Herman said the United States has international schools around the world that are popular for children of embassy staff or military personnel as well as with locals.
Herman had been exploring options for working at overseas schools for a while, but applied for this position just a few weeks ago. After two video interviews over Skype, both she and her husband were offered positions just days later. They were given only a few days to decide whether or not to take the jobs.
Her next big project is learning Spanish, which is spoken in Paraguay. She noted that the country is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, and has a subtropical climate.
“To imagine we might not have a severe winter for the next two years, that’s pretty exciting,” she said with a laugh.
Herman’s formal retirement from the Brainerd School District is July 12, and the Hermans board a plane July 14 for Paraguay.
“I have a feeling this is going to be a really exciting adventure,” Herman said, adding she’s not ruled out extending her two-year contract.
The Hermans have four children and three grandchildren. They hope to return to the United States for holidays, and also hope their family can visit them in Paraguay.
Herman praised Nisswa and the Brainerd School District. She has been principal in Nisswa for a total of 14 years.
“I can’t express enough how thankful I am to have been in the school districts I’ve been in,” Herman said, referring to Little Falls, Pequot Lakes and Brainerd. “There’s something about Nisswa. We call it Nisswa Nice. ... Here we get to be a part of little Nisswa, where the community treats us like the heartbeat of their little town.”
She said being Nisswa Elementary School principal is the best job in the world, and she’s sure there will be a large pool of well-qualified candidates to take her place.