Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
As a student I had always been interested in teaching but who wants to spend the rest of their life at school? So, I took some time away and went to university to study archaeology in the hopes of becoming the next Indiana Jones. When that didn’t work out teaching seemed to be the obvious choice. I wish I’d realised that sooner!
Why did you decide to specialize in Geography teaching?
I decided to specialise in geography for two reasons. First, I’d always been interested in the planet and the people on it. Second, I thought it would be the best subject to make a difference in a student’s life. So far, I’m still very much interested in geography, and I hope that all the students I’ve taught have left the classroom with a greater appreciation of our world!
What makes BISL such a unique place to work?
The students! They make the school so there is no place quite like BISL.
How would you describe a typical day at BISL?
Every day is different which is one of the best perks of being a teacher. Even if I’m teaching the same lesson, it is the students in the room who react and respond to things in different ways. Typically, though, my day starts early with some planning and preparing for the day ahead, followed by form time with my Year 13 tutor group. Throughout the day I will be teaching classes from Year 7 to 12 and fortunately I don’t only teach Geography but get to explore History and English with Year 7 and 8 as well.
What is the best part of your day at BISL?
Seeing students get better at things daily, weekly, monthly and beyond. It is wonderful to witness to the progress and improvements students make throughout their secondary education and they should be commended for that.
Why is the experience of an international education important for a student?
An international education is important because we need kind and open-minded global citizens now more than ever.