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Staff Profile: Claire Cuskin

CCU CUSKIN Claire Secondary

Teacher of Geography and Service Coordinator

Claire arrived at NAIS Pudong in August 2009 having previously taught in Singapore and the UK where she had experience of teaching a range of Geography and Humanities related programmes.  As a geography teacher, she counts herself to be extremely lucky and privileged to teach at NAIS Pudong as she has the unique opportunity to teach her subject in a truly international setting and in the vast metropolis that is Shanghai. Claire hopes that through my lessons students gain an appreciation for the awesome planet that we live on and a better understanding of the issues that face the ever changing world in which we live.

Claire is a passionate advocate of the IB education model since gaining an early introduction to it in her first years of teaching.  She believes that the IB model helps to develop internationally minded, caring lifelong learners who have an excellent understanding of the issues facing the ever connected world that we live in. Not only that but that they have the skills to make a difference and a change. As a geographer, Claire believes that it is critically important that all students have an understanding of the locality that they are living in and that we should all be active participants in the community that we live. Being an IB form tutor for two years and a CAS advisor were experiences that further ignited her passion for the IB programme and this enthusiasm led her initially into the CAS Coordination role and, most recently, into the Service Coordination role. Claire feels extremely fortunate to be involved in such a unique role as service as she is able to witness the transformation that our students make outside their normal learning environment; be that working with patience and care with the Migrant School students to help them develop their English language skills, renovate houses for elderly citizens in Shanghai, in order to make them more accessible and safe, or raise awareness and funds for our partner projects such as Heart to Heart, Home Sweet Home and Shanghai Sunrise.  

After 6 years of living in Shanghai, Claire is astounded by the rapid changes that have taken in place and she enjoys stumbling upon new places within the city.  She enjoys learning about Chinese culture and says studying Mandarin has definitely helped with this. Claire is still striving to improve her language skills and hopes one day to be fluent!

In her free time, she enjoys travelling to new places, even better if they have some geographical significance! 

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