Alexandra Clarke safe in The Philippines

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 8:15am

    All the hugs and “I love you’s!”

    That is what Alexandra Clarke considers to be the biggest perks of her current job as a teacher in Asia, according to a recent interview she did with Suffolk University in Boston, where she graduated from in 2017.

    The 2013 Boothbay Region High School graduate is currently working at a private English academy in an area called Dongdaemun-gu in Seoul, South Korea. She is the head foreign teacher at the school and is a homeroom teacher in a kindergarten class.

    After graduating from Suffolk, where she also played four years of basketball and served as a team captain as a senior, Clarke volunteered in schools in the Boston area, including doing work in restorative justice practices with junior high girls in Roxbury. She also completed an internship at Spare Change News, a homeless empowerment project for the Boston area.

    According to her mother, Lisa Clarke, teaching principal at Southport Central School, Alexandra was scheduled to return home and spend the summer in Boston this May, but the pandemic has found her in quarantine in The Philippines right now.

    “We made the decision for her to return to Seoul (for a third year of teaching) because it was a secure job. It also enabled her to be in a part of the world where they appear to be making a recovery from the pandemic as opposed to the USA where there is greater risk,” said Clarke via email.

    Readers can learn more about Clarke’s work and life in South Korea by visiting