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Simon A. Bird

Simon A. Bird

Careers & University Guidance Counsellor

BA (Hons) English Literature, University College Swansea

PGCE Middle Years, University of Bristol 

Simon started his independent school English-teaching career in a secondary boarding school where he was also a Deputy Housemaster of a junior boarding house. He then moved to a boarding preparatory school where he was Head of English as well as having a pastoral role. After a year out of teaching volunteering on a kibbutz in Northern Israel, he returned to the prep school world where he was Head of English & Drama with some initial boarding duties while the school still took boarders.

He then sought a new challenge and moved to Washington DC in September 2001 to join a then relatively new school as one of the first subject specialist teachers. During his time there he gradually taught a wider and wider range of year groups, culminating in IB English and IB Film as well as developing Shakespeare performances amongst a wide range of pupils.

Simon joined the NAE family of school when British School of Washington was acquired by the NA group.

 

Simon is committed to a holistic educational experience, best embodied in the IB Learner Profile. For university guidance he believes in finding the right university for every young person where they will be both happy and successful (in that order).

He believes that if both he, his colleagues and his charges can ‘be ambitious’, then they will be in the best position to make a difference for the better in the world of tomorrow.

In his spare time Simon is a passionate opera and theatre supporter, an avid follower of politics (he knows he needs to get up to speed on European politics having lived in the USA for a good number of years) and someone who believes that food and cooking are some of the most important pleasures known to man. He is (flatteringly) told that he is a good cook. He is also a passionate and opinionated cinephile, as reflected on one of his Facebook pages.  As a life-long non-driver he is used to walking but the only sport he takes seriously is skiing.

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