Ian graduated from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, in 2003 and spent eight years teaching Mathematics at a Glasgow secondary school. After meeting his Chinese wife in 2013, he decided to make the exciting and ultimately life changing move to China, to learn about his wife’s culture and develop his teaching. Ian taught for a year at the British School of Guangzhou where he was also the Head of Years 9 and 10. He spent four years at an international school in Beijing, with two of those as the Head of Mathematics. After a short period of time back in Scotland, he and his family are delighted to have retuned to China and to be joining the fantastic international community here in Shanghai.
Ian is a highly dedicated and enthusiastic teacher with a clear passion and commitment to his students and their journey of discovery into the beautiful world of Mathematics. He is motivated by a desire to share his love of his subject and to see students grow and develop their confidence in the subject. He believes there is success and positive experiences for all in their study of Mathematics, with the right approach in the classroom. He also enjoys interacting with students, colleagues and parents in the wider school community and being involved in a wide range of activities.
Ian is a keen chess player who enjoys playing competitively and coaching the game to new players. He also enjoys playing football, badminton and any form of table billiards. He is interested in politics, having been involved as a parliamentary candidate in the UK on several occasions, and enjoys keeping up to date with the latest developments in international relations. Studying Chinese is a lifelong ambition and one he is excited to continue in his daily work. His biggest regret is his lack of travel, both at home in Scotland and here in China. Thankfully, his wife and daughter love to travel and will soon change that!