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Staff Profiles: Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark

Head of Year 12 / ESS / Biology Teacher

After graduating from Leicester University with a BSc (Hons) in Combined Studies (Earth Science and Environmental Biology), I undertook an MSc in Environmental Analysis and Assessment before working for 2 years as a Biologist for the Environment Agency in the UK. I then transitioned into teaching and spent a number of years working at different schools teaching Science. In 2010 I completed my PGCE from Nottingham University as part of my professional development training, which additionally included IB Diploma training and CiE examination training. I have just recently completed the Nord Anglia High Performance Learning Course for Science. I am currently in the middle of completing a course from the University of Nottingham on ‘Sustainability, Society and You’. I hope in the near future to start an MSc on Sustainability and Education from South Bank University, London.

In addition to these qualifications and 14 years of teaching experience, I am a regular examiner for CiE IGCSE Biology and IB Environmental Systems and Societies (P2). I arrived at St. Andrews to set up the ESS course when it was offered for the first time in 2009 as part of the IB Diploma, as it combined my interest in the Environmental Sciences with my passion for teaching.

In addition to being a teacher I am a husband and father with my eldest daughter in Year 12. I live outside of Bangkok with my family and 6 Siberian Huskies, 1 rabbit and 1 Cockatiel. I am a keen cyclist and have a growing interest in permaculture and organic gardening.

Outside of school my targets for this year include taking part in the King’s Cup Golf in Hua Hin and completing my PADI certificate (which I have been promising myself for many, many years!) In the future I hope to be able to continue my professional development within St. Andrews as it integrates with wider Nord Anglia Community.

Why St. Andrews? In a nutshell, it was Mr. Paul’s educational philosophy of inclusive education for students of all abilities, which initially attracted me. This is a unique feature of St. Andrews as throughout my time here the strength and commitment of teaching staff and management to help even academically weaker students achieve their full potential – and in some cases transform their lives – is very much a feature that makes this school unique in the international school setting of Bangkok. Secondly, the sense of community the school engenders in its staff, students and parents is fantastic, with activities like Habitat for Humanity and the House System helping students find inspiration from the real world and experience new perspectives. The final feature is the friendships, which the students develop with each other, which ties into the sense of community here. Students accept others and work with each other so no one is left out. Happiness is a key feature of this school, its students and teachers.

 


 

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