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Staff Profile: Kate O'Connell


Grade 2 Teacher

Origianally from The United States, I have taught both at home and abroad.  My international school experience includes working in Tianjin, China; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Chiang Mai, Thailand and now at NISC in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

From Michigan State University I attained my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and my Masters of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction, both received with honors.  I have a strong passion for education and leadership that has only grown with my 20 years of teaching experience.  As I enjoy working with students of all ages, this experience has ranged from teaching 4 year olds through to adults.  As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Workshop Leader, I have led 7 different PYP workshops.

My belief in sustainabiity has led to me being offered a seat on the board of Compass Education, which is leading the way forward in teaching sustainable habits of mind.


Outside of teaching and learning, I am passionate about my family and friends, yoga, meditation, travel, nutrition, health and learning, especially about ways we can be more sustainable and save our precious planet.  I have lived on 4 continents in 6 different countries.  Everytime I move to a new country, I study the local language or languages.  I speak 5 languages to different levels of proficiency; English, Thai, Mandarin, Spanish and Kiswahili.  I hope to add Khmer to this list soon. 

Accompanying me abroad are my husband, who is also an IB DP Geography, History and TOK teacher, and my two young children who also attend NISC.  We hope to learn more about this city's wonderful culinary hotspots and family recreational activities.

What the students say about me...

I love you Ajarn Kate.  You are my favourite teacher.  I will miss you, Alice.

Ajarn Kate, I will never forget reading with you.  I loved the BFG and the voices you made while reading to us and how we got to act out some parts of the book as you read.  Gao Gao.

This school is different to all others I have worked at because...

NISC is a unique International School for several reasons.  I chose to make the move to teach at NISC due to its clear dedicaiton to student learning and teacher professional development and growth. 

NISC holds numerous opportunities for me to grow and learn as a teacher and leader.  It has a beautifully clean, green campus in a vibrant and developing city.  It is part of The Nord Anglia Education family of schools, which shares my drive for professional development and continual improvement. 

However, it is the warmth of the entire staff that has made this school unique for me.  NISC really embodies the beliefs of the IB and Nord Anglia alike making it a place where teachers really do 'walk the talk'.










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