After an unusual route into teaching, offering free English lessons to Kosovan construction labourers (escaping the 1998-99 Kosovo War) in a bid to keep them gainfully employed, and a journeyman TEFL career in Asia, I returned to the UK to complete my PGCE in 2006. My first teaching post was in Penzance, Cornwall where I taught History and Citizenship for 2 years, and although a ‘baptism of fire’, it was an experience that prepared me well. Since then, I have taught History in Doha, Qatar, Koh Samui in Thailand, and spent the last 7 years as Head of History at a prominent international school in Bangkok, Thailand.
Like most History teachers worth their salt, I am a bit of a night owl and can often be found furiously researching interesting resources to engage my students. As skillful, analytical writers seem to be a dying breed these days, I am always trying to find new ways to instill good writing practices in my students enabling them to achieve the very top grades at IGCSE and IBDP History.
I moved to Abu Dhabi with my wife Satoko and two young sons Archie and Alfie, who are enjoying a new life in the desert. I grew up in the Middle East in the 1980s where I remember a very happy childhood, and I am hoping my family will find similar happiness living here.