After intending to complete a PhD, I took a short hiatus from studies and accepted a two-term teaching contract at a top international school in Egypt. Eight months turned into thirteen years and during this time I met and married Nadine, an Egyptian who is also a teacher. After being a successful member of the Secondary Leadership Team, I was appointed as the Head of Secondary, a position which I held for ten years. During this time, the New Cairo British International School (NCBIS) completed many successful external validations, including being a fully authorised member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
After several happy years in Cairo, Nadine and I decided to take a sabbatical for one year and drive across Africa. During our travels, I was appointed as the Vice Principal at the Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) in Jordan where we spent two years. Whilst in Jordan, I worked with the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and World Academy of Sport ensuring ABS was one of the first schools in the world to be granted the unique status of Athlete Friendly Education Centre.
Self-reflection is central to my educational philosophy and a key aspect for school improvement. As mentioned above, I have substantial experience taking part in accreditation visits and inspections both as Chair of Steering Committee and as a Visiting Team member. We have spent a lot of our efforts concentrating on becoming more strategic in our work, which has resulted in policies and practices being formalised. We have created a 3 year strategic development plan, which identifies our priorities. I am very pleased to have been part of a review of our guiding statements at the end of last year and during the first term, which will provide us with direction as we continue to progress.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year and a half at NAISAK with highlights being getting to know members of the community. There is a wonderful atmosphere amongst the hard working staff, which makes coming to work fun.