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Lauren Flanagan

Lauren Flanagan

Head of Social Studies & History Specialist

I love my subject and feel very lucky to teach so many enthusiastic and talented historians. The core principles of history - inquiring about the past, empathizing with those who lived it and questioning the manner in which we understand it - are tremendously important skills that we strive to develop in all of our history lessons.

I joined British International School of Chicago as a history teacher after four years of teaching and coordinating the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in London Secondary school. Before that, I worked as a teaching assistant in my hometown of Oxford and as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. My family tell me I wanted to become a teacher from when I first started school – although at that stage it had more to do with wanting to boss my classmates around rather than professional aspiration. I certainly didn’t get any less bossy and by the time I left high school, I was set on becoming a history teacher and went on to gain a history degree at the University of Sheffield.

At BISC I also run the Model UN club, which offers students a hands-on experience of international relations and diplomacy. We attended as India in 2014 and took a phenomenal team that made us very proud. We continue to have big plans for the club and seek to develop and grow as team.

For me, two key things make BISC unique: the variety of extracurricular activities and the quality of learning. In 2014 our high school students teveled to Tanzania, Washington, D.C., Berlin, Prague and residential camps in and out of state. They have competed in international competitions like Model United Nations and Science Olympiad. In English and Drama, they have been on numerous theatre trips, completed a Shakespeare immersion workshop and performed in their high school musical. That’s just the tip of the iceberg - there are also numerous day-trips, volunteer programs and sporting events going on all the time here, but it would take far too long to mention them all!

In addition, I feel we offer a unique learning environment. I work with a team of dynamic and dedicated teachers who are truly passionate about teaching and are always willing to go the extra mile to help students. Furthermore, our students are also passionate about learning and we are able to plan engaging and fun lessons for them which they really enjoy.

Outside of work my main interest is traveling, and I have been lucky to visit some interesting places: Zambia, Botswana, Thailand, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, Thailand and lots of Europe. I also enjoy outdoor pursuits and am a trained Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. I love reading and have just taken up dressmaking; I have started making a few things but I still have a long way to go until I open my own fashion house!

What Students Say

"Miss Flanagan leaves us feeling confident in our history knowledge and her genuine interest in history makes the subject very fun."

"Miss Flanagan’s lessons are engaging and I learn more than enough. I have fun and she is a nice teacher!"

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