I am an International School educator based in Singapore. I specialise in teaching Economics, Business and Theory of Knowledge and enjoy teaching the International Baccalaureate curriculum. And I recently gave my first TedX talk on what schools and students can learn from innovative companies.
Previously I have taught in Bahrain, England and Belgium (after practice teaching in Canada and Costa Rica). This exposure to a wide range of curricula, education management approaches and great teachers has taught me a lot. I have been teaching for about 12 years now and I enjoy it more each year. As a parents with two young boys, I’m very motivated to understand child and adolescent development.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA). (Strategy, Technology Management, Innovation and Creative Facilitation) Open University Business School at the Oxford University and the University of London campuses 2004-2007
- Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration Open University Business School, at the Oxford University campus 2004-2006
- Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) (High School Teaching and Educating for Social Justice) – Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2001-2002
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). (History and Theatre) Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 1997-2001
My Teaching Philosophy
In 3 words: experimentation, reflection and feedback. I believe it is important to model the types of behaviours and attitudes that my students will depend on for their own success in the future –traits such as continuous, iterative adaptation, reflection on learning, risk taking and solicitation of feedback. For example, I have periodic student Reflection on Practice sessions 3 or 4 times per year, when all of my students consider their own practice (for example, the results of new study techniques they have experimented with).
And I also ask students to give me feedback on the approaches we’ve taken as a class –what aspects have helped them more than others. This way the students and I can both modify our habits and techniques, and improve. This has been a secret weapon for me. Students for example have mentioned teaching techniques and games other of their teachers have used and I’ve been able to adapt those for Business and Economics.
I use a lot of information technologies to support my teaching. One of my IB Economics resources has been viewed by over 21,000 students, around the world in the past year. In my Masters I researched Integrated Technology Management in education, trying to help schools engage effectively with technologies. I have enjoyed applying the insights of my graduate research to my practice as a teacher and as an Education Technology leader in several schools, including my current school.
I have also had the benefit of having been an active participant in a variety of innovative education technology networks (including Classroom 2.0, the MirandaNet Fellowship, Cognitive Edge, and the International Baccalaureate Web 2.0 in the Classroom OCC group). In the next few years I would like to achieve the Google Certified Teacher (GCT) and Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) programs.
I continued to work toward finding the correct balance for each of my classes and for each student –an ongoing process. I have seen many of my students (and departments) hugely-enriched by a nuanced technology deployment, but it’s an ongoing, active process.
Activities and Assessment
I use a variety of classroom activities and a diverse range of assessment approaches, always with the aim of stretching students’ understanding. Recently, I’ve fond the ideas of Dr Ethna Ried and Carol Dweck quite compelling and I have been experimenting with different ways of adjusting my practice to match these and other current research education theories. I have also work to encourage teachers to share their resources online, in my project called TeachShare.
I haven’t always been a teacher. While in university I worked in a variety of charity management roles. After I finished my first two degrees I started off working for the government in Canada, doing a project which I am extremely proud of. And I have also completed my MBA. My students benefit considerably from these experiences, as I tell explain how my experiences of managing major projects relate to the theoretical approaches they learn.
Since 2003 I have taught Business and Economics in international schools (in Belgium and Singapore) and national schools (in England and Bahrain). As I was studying to be a teacher (and in my first job after graduation) I was worked in a diverse range of roles, including public policy analysis, charity leadership and business development. I believe my lessons are enriched by my ability to relate real-life examples to the Business and Economics concepts I teach.
Overseas Family School, Singapore (K-12 International School, 3700 students)
Business, Economics and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) teacher (IB, MYP, and IGCSE). Course leader for Higher Level IB Economics and IGCSE Economics. Making a Difference (Leadership) Club leader. United Nations Thailand and Myanmar group supervisor. Teaching and Learning ICT Development team (High School and Middle School). IB Extended Essay Supervisor for Economics and Business. Year 9 and 10 Homebase advisor. CAS Advisor.
International School of Brussels (K-12 International School, 1200 students)
IB Economics (SL and HL) teacher, IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) teacher. Yearbook Coordinator. Health and Athletics team advisor.
Paddington Academy, London (Independent Academy, 1100 students)
Business and Economics Teacher (GCSE, AS) and Head of the Business and Economics Department. Years 10 and 11 Pastoral team. School development for this new school. Chess Club.
Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School, London (Catholic Boys and Girls School, 1400 students)
Teacher and Deputy Head of the Business, Economics and Enterprise Department. Organized a variety of business enterprise school events. Researched and implemented a new approach to enterprise curriculum delivery as part of my MBA research.
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- Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation group at OFS. Singapore 2013.
- TedX talk. I discussed what schools can learn from our most innovative companies. Singapore 2013
- Led a team of 4 teachers and 30 students on a week-long Habitat for Humanity build trip. Vietnam 2012.
- IBDP Integrating Theory of Knowledge and Community, Action and Service (22 hours) Hong Kong 2013
- IBDP Economics Category 2 (22 hours) Singapore 2012
- IBDP Theory of Knowledge – Level 2 (22 hours) Shanghai – 2011
- IBDP Theory of Knowledge Teacher Training with Dr Peter Vardy, Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London (5 hours) Singapore – 2011
- Middle Years Program Training Program (16 hours) Singapore – 2011
- South Australian Mandatory Reporting (Child Abuse Reporting) (8 hours). Adelaide 2010.
- Red Cross First Aid and Adult and Child CPR Certificates (10 hours). Brussels 2010.
- IBDP Economics (Internal Assessments) (50 hours). Brussels 2010.
- IBDP Economics – Level 1 (22 hours). Berlin 2009.
- Ontario Certified Teacher (Member of the Ontario College of Teachers). Toronto 2009 (onward).
- UK Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). London 2009 (onward).
- Cognitive Edge Qualified Practitioner. London 2006 (onward).
- Was awarded an Eliott Travel Fellowship for my research into Education for Social Justice issues in a Costa Rican school. Canada 2002.