I am a proactive, positive, well established and experienced educator that consciously acts as a role model to my students and peers. I have been in education for eight years; two with Education Queensland (Australia) and six years in International Schools. Teaching and learning, as well as watching the development of our youth continues to be an inspiration to me and I love what I do and what I have achieved so far. I am fully committed to create successful school communities. I make a positive contribution and difference to the lives and futures of my students and the local community we all strive to serve.
One of my core beliefs is that students should be encouraged to be active within their school and local community. This I believe develops a more active, healthier body and emotional well-being. It also expands the student’s social responsibility for their community and life in a global but sustainable environment. As an educator, offering such sporting and community engagements to students strengthens their resolve, encourages communication and increases their confidence. These are all hugely valued attributes that our global community requires, students that are future leaders and decision makers.
I am multi-cultured, having lived in Scotland, Australia, Vietnam and Taiwan. In my early twenties I also traveled extensively throughout the world as I continued my educational studies and cultural understanding. In many ways these strong principles has led my wife and I to become International educators as we both firmly believe that International education is at the forefront of developing globally minded individuals, thus our two children are also enjoying and benefiting from such a multi-cultural education.
In a school and day to day context, you can see the positive high energy, enthusiasm and inter-action that I bring to all of my classes, sports programmes and within the community that I am a part of. Throughout the past four years I have been at I-Shou International School, I have developed the MYP PE and implemented the DP Sports Science programme. This was challenging as initially Physical Education was not highly valued in our school community. However, I implemented a sports programme that initially had very few teams playing in only a few sports. Now four years later, our sports programme involves more than 200 students and 16 coaches. I instigated and led our school to secure membership of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). We will participate in at least 36 tournaments this year as part of our membership with ACAMIS and TISSA (Taiwan’s International School Sports Association). At a community level within the PYP, I have created and developed a ‘Saturday Soccer’ programme that involves 30 students, parents and teachers that promotes physical activity within in our community. This programme and initiative also gained sponsorship and partnership from an International Environmental Company working in the same local community. This has also led to additional opportunities within our MYP and DP CAS programmes.