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Staff Profile: Simon Porter

From playing the trombone to teaching physics, Simon Porter has inspired students around the world for 24 years. Working in international schools in Peru, Papua New Guinea, Norway, Poland and the US, Simon is a passionate international educator. 

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Having completed his physics degree at the University of Bristol, Simon studied trumpet at the Royal College of Music. After leaving college, Simon worked for six years as a trumpet player and teacher.  He resumed his physics career teaching in Halesowen in the West Midlands, and has since worked in school senior leadership teams in international schools in Peru, Papua New Guinea, Norway, Poland and the US. He now teaches at Compass International School Doha.

In the British School Warsaw, he founded and conducted the school Jazz Band, Trombone Club and a Community Choir for parents and staff.  Since moving to Qatar, Simon became the conductor of Compass International School Doha's “Funkadelic Orchestra” and beginner brass group. Along with being a passionate musician and physics teacher, Simon is also a prolific writer and has written extensively for the Times Educational Supplement as their Subject Genius for science. He was also the first teaching fellow at Nord Anglia University, an online platform which connects Nord Anglia Education teachers around the world to share best practice and build on their different expertise through professional development programmes. 

Simon has three children in university studying art, physics and mechanical engineering. Through engaging and challenging lessons, Simon hopes to bring a love of learning for the science and the arts to his students.