Teacher who was stranded in Dubai has happy return to North Texas



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Posted on December 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM

COPPELL -- Until now, it was shaping up to be a pretty bleak Christmas at Allison Jech's house, according to Jech's mom, Kathy Struck.

"Lots of prayer, lots of crying, lots of sleepless nights," Struck said, through tears.

When Jech took a two-year assignment to teach in Dubai, she was excited. When it turned out to be a terrible experience, she quit. The school claimed Jech owed it $2,700 and refused to cancel her visa. Without that canceled visa, she couldn't leave the country.

That's when News 8 stepped in, contacting the school and the U.S. State Department.

"I got some phone calls the very next morning after that aired," Struck said. "So, the ball started rolling."

On Sunday, Jech met with a judge in Dubai who canceled her visa, clearing her way to come home.

"I'm feeling so glad to be home," Jech said in North Texas Wednesday. "It was nice to wake up and feel like I'm at home again."

Jech said of 15 foreign teachers who started in September at the School of Modern Skills, where she was employed, only four remain.

And with a little help, her mom is glad that her daughter is no longer one of them.

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