Greg shares a personal story about his 15 year old son, Max. This summer, Max and Greg will canoe the Mississippi source to sea. Their relationship, and their trip, are unique. Greg’s son is a former street kid from Myanmar. When Max was 9, Greg and his wife met Max, and through a series of circumstances, ended up taking him into their home, and ultimately adopting him. Their planned Mississippi River trip is not only a great adventure, but an endeavor to contribute to the children of Myanmar. We take this opportunity to talk to both about their planned trip and this unique story.
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Or follow along on Greg and Max’s Mississippi River Journey blog
Dr. Gregory Hedger has been Director of The International School Yangon, in Myanmar, since 2016. A native of Minnesota in the U.S., Greg has been an educator for over 30 years, and has served in educational leadership positions for 20 years in the role of school director at Cayman International School, at Qatar Academy, in Doha, and as superintendent at Escuela Campo Alegre in Venezuela. Greg has been involved in international education through his service on the boards of Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA,) The Dubose Foundation, and his work with the International Task Force for Child Protection, his contributions to various periodicals, and his work to promote the next generation of leaders through workshops and university instruction. Greg and his wife, Kirstin, have four children, Kaija, Sadie, Anna, and Max.
Max is 15 years old and in the 8th grade. He usually attends The International School Yangon in Myanmar, but is currently attending Ordean East Middle School in Duluth, Minnesota, for one year. Originally from Myanmar, Max came to live with the Hedger family when he was 9. He is an avid mountain biker, skateboarder, nd has recently taken up skiing in a big way.
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