Let’s get to know him more:
If you could be a student in another BIS teacher’s class for one day? Who would you pick and why?
We never did many experiments when I was in school, so I’d like to attend one of Mr. Cuckson’s Science lessons. I saw video of him doing an experiment with a water bottle full of gas, showing how it expands and its impact of the bottle - it almost blew up! It would be very exciting to join his class with lots of great things to learn!
If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?
I love creating. I love working with my hands. When I lived in the Czech Republic and Scotland, I had my own workshop and I went there during the weekend to create different objects. So, yeah, I guess if I was lucky enough to win the lottery, I would just go live in the woods, walk the hills and make different bits and pieces in my own workshop.
But that is my retirement plan! I still love teaching, especially teaching kids how to use their hands. I’m very proud to see them gain confidence with what they can do with their hands.
What one piece of advice would you give students?
There are things you can’t affect in life, but education is what you can affect. If you have a good education, you can literally go anywhere, and a lot of opportunities will come to you. I love travelling the world and working in different countries, but I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t have a good education. Enjoy school; school is fun!
If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?
I’d love to bring the kids to Japan because I love Japan! Another idea would be camping in Iceland: an amazing country. It’s really fun to take students on field trips because you get to see them in a different light, and they see their teachers in a different light too. I think that if you take children to the wild, make them camp, sleep in a tent, farm their own food and go on excursions!
Actually, I really want to do the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. I’ll go on those trips when it’s possible to travel again!
BIS Hanoi Communications team & Ms Niobe Shaw (Primary Teacher)