The British College of Brazil is a small, tight knit community. We have the luxury of knowing all the students in secondary. As a teacher this is an incredible opportunity to teach according to student needs and interests, creating a curriculum that is inclusive, stimulating and challenging.
After completing A-Levels in History, Politics, English Language and Media Studies in my local secondary school in Worcestershire, England, I moved to work as an English teacher in a university in Vietnam and later a dairy farm in Australia. This move had a profound influence on my life and aspirations. Returning to the UK I began studying a degree in History focussing on modern political and economic history, mostly specialising in the British Empire and the Soviet Union. Whilst studying my undergraduate degree, I also began studying film theory. For my dissertation I used depictions of The Great War in film as a lens through which to study political developments in the Soviet Union. After graduating in History I moved to study a course in Development Studies for a masters degree, with the view to work in the field in Southeast Asia. My specialisms were Southeast Asian development with Thai language and rural/agricultural development . I worked with a group of grassroots NGOs in Thailand to conduct research into the impacts of hydroelectric dam construction on the Mekong River on the livelihoods of riparian communities. Having sated my interest in field work, I returned to the UK to work for NGOs. I found myself doing school engagement work and quickly fell in love with being in the classroom. I managed to secure a position on the Teach First training scheme and studied a History PGCE through UCL’s Institute of Education. My passion for pedagogy and education was ignited and I have worked as Head of History in schools in London’s East End. I am currently the Head of Humanities at BCB.
I love to learn and this has led me to postgraduate education, I am currently studying my second masters degree. I read non-fiction, almost exclusively. My areas of interest are currently the development of civilizations; sustainable economic development and zero growth economies; conquest and liberation of South America; intercultural education and post-colonial theory.
I am passionate about music. I work with students in secondary school on a rock band project which gives me the chance to relive my youth. I spend as much time as I can listening to music and going to concerts. I am also passionate about cooking and gardening; I only like to grow things that can be eaten and I am increasingly interested in the medicinal and nutritional values of plants. I am also fascinated by film and its value as cultural artefact. I especially like Japanese cinema of the sixties and what is considered Slow Cinema. I lead the International Award at BCB because I love hiking and this is a great opportunity for me to get out into the wilderness. I have recently learned to brew beer and make ceramics, two new skills I hope to develop further in the coming years. I have stopped running marathons and want something to fill that void - looking to sailing and cycling.
What students say:
"Mr Jones is entertaining in his lessons, as well as serious and I really like the academic material he gives us, he is funny and demonstrative. I also have really good conversations with Mr Jones, and that is a really good quality for a teacher to have. I always anticipate his lessons."
"Mr Jones is very funny. He always expects the best from us and helps us to understand things when we are stuck. He makes the lessons really nice and I say that because in my old school the history teacher was really boring. I really love history in this school because of Mr Jones. He explains things very clearly and is always there for us. He makes sure that everyone gets involved in the lesson. He makes lessons fair for everyone. He is very kind and serious when he needs to be."
"What makes Mr Jones different from all the other teachers is how much he cares about his students, to a point which he will try to do anything in his power to help you whenever you struggle. This has personally helped me a lot in History IGCSE, as I have developed a lot both as a historian and as a person."