Chris Hatcher is Teaching in Bangkok

by Billy Chandler

Why did Chris Hatcher end up in Thailand? Because of love, of course.

Chris was in the business of selling microscopes. These were very high end microscopes for a select clientele. He was living in Northern Virginia, and while spending at a friend’s pool a very attractive lifeguard caught his eye.

It would be wrong to say it was love at first sight for the now-happy couple. “It didn’t go too well at first! I kept myself in the game, but I had to knock on her door for about a month before I could get her to go out with me!”

They began dating but the cards seemed to be stacked against them. His new love interest was only in the U.S. because she doing a foreign exchange for the last semester of her college career and her visa expired at the end of 2019. Then the pandemic happened, and they were forced to communicate from separate continents for 2 full years.

Finally, as travel restrictions eased up, Chris made the journey to Thailand, and he quickly realized that it was easier for him to stay there and teach than for her to try to move to the U.S. and find work.

Chris is now teaching English at Thai Singapore International School. It’s a trilingual school where all the students speak English, Chinese and Thai. There are at least 1500 students there, and families pay for the opportunity to go to school.

Chris is enjoying the experience, and he’s glad to no longer be in a very very very long distance relationship! Enjoy a conversation with Chris on the Duck Pond Wall podcast.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/782-mike-young-chosen-as-new-virginia-tech-basketball"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/290,0,1100,810/6262_Young_at_socon.rev.1554748993.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/290,0,1100,810/6262_Young_at_socon.rev.1554748993.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/290,0,1100,810/6262_Young_at_socon.rev.1554748993.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/290,0,1100,810/6262_Young_at_socon.rev.1554748993.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/290,0,1100,810/6262_Young_at_socon.rev.1554748993.jpg" alt="Mike Young (E&H '86) cutting down the net after his Wofford team won the 2019 SOCON championship." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/290,0,1100,810/6262_Young_at_socon.rev.1554748993.jpg 2x" data-max-w="810" data-max-h="810" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/782-mike-young-chosen-as-new-virginia-tech-basketball">Mike Young Chosen as New Virginia Tech Basketball Coach</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Mike Young is a 1986 Emory & Henry graduate. <a href="/live/news/782-mike-young-chosen-as-new-virginia-tech-basketball" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2693-blackwell-chapel-store-is-open-for-business"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/524,98,1478,1052/13118_325031319_524790712974564_878312266014896007_n.rev.1673381188.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/524,98,1478,1052/13118_325031319_524790712974564_878312266014896007_n.rev.1673381188.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/524,98,1478,1052/13118_325031319_524790712974564_878312266014896007_n.rev.1673381188.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/524,98,1478,1052/13118_325031319_524790712974564_878312266014896007_n.rev.1673381188.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/524,98,1478,1052/13118_325031319_524790712974564_878312266014896007_n.rev.1673381188.jpg" alt="Three people behind the counter of a country store." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/524,98,1478,1052/13118_325031319_524790712974564_878312266014896007_n.rev.1673381188.jpg 2x" data-max-w="954" data-max-h="954" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2693-blackwell-chapel-store-is-open-for-business">Blackwell Chapel Store is Open for Business!</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Mike Hoback (E&H ’81) is bringing back the heart of the Blackwell Chapel community.</p><a href="/live/news/2693-blackwell-chapel-store-is-open-for-business" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/604-dustin-skillmans-work-featured-at-major-event-in"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/215,6,508,300/5711_dustin.rev.1544230189.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/215,6,508,300/5711_dustin.rev.1544230189.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/215,6,508,300/5711_dustin.rev.1544230189.jpg" alt="Dustin Skillman, E&H Class of 2015." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="293" data-max-h="294" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/604-dustin-skillmans-work-featured-at-major-event-in">Dustin Skillman’s Work Featured at Major Event in Baltimore</a></h4></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/924-eamph-alumna-to-sing-national-anthem-at-bristol"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,624,463/6723_CD_3.rev.1565968008.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,624,463/6723_CD_3.rev.1565968008.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,624,463/6723_CD_3.rev.1565968008.jpg" alt="Christina Druen at the 2018 Food City Race. She's singing the National Anthem for the 2019 race." width="345" height="225" data-max-w="624" data-max-h="463" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/924-eamph-alumna-to-sing-national-anthem-at-bristol">E&H Alumna to Sing National Anthem at Bristol Race This Weekend</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Christina Druen, E&H Class of 2016, will sing Friday night, August 16. <a href="/live/news/924-eamph-alumna-to-sing-national-anthem-at-bristol" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>