I am from Sheffield in England and am currently a Year 1 Teacher and English Coordinator for an International School in The Netherlands. I trained in England, am in my ninth year of teaching and my specialisms are English and Music. Before teaching in Holland, I was a teacher at the British School of Bucharest in Romania and prior to this at several public and private schools in England. I have experienced teaching in all year groups from 1 to 6. I have worked outside of education, followed my dream to ‘make it’ as a musician and worked as a Paralegal in one of the UK’s finest Human Rights legal departments.
I decided to teach at NAISAK because I was happy to discover a well-established school which supports the values I hold dear. I enjoy teaching in schools that have a strong ethos and sense of common purpose. I am very proud to be a member of this particular team and certain that we can make valuable contributions to the school community whilst benefitting from working alongside committed colleagues with different experiences to our own.
My wife Simona is from Romania and is a Polyglot with a specialism in Arabic. She is also a member of the NAISAK teaching team. Along with our daughter Sofia, we enjoy meeting new people and look forward to unique lifestyle experiences where we can continue to evolve as a family whilst experiencing what we love about international teaching: coming across different nationalities and learning about their language, culture and religion. One of the other passions in my life is music. I am a classically trained musician that can play and teach the Piano, Guitar, Flute, Recorder, Drums and Bass Guitar as well as musical theory. I try to get children to use music as a tool to learn all subjects, as much as possible, in my day-to-day teaching.
This School will be different to all others I have worked at because I have never been a teacher at a school that is a member of such a large group of schools. What initially struck me about the Nord Anglia group was the range and depth of opportunities on offer for the children. Juilliard was one of the things that attracted me the most. I have previous colleagues who have taught or are currently teaching in other Nord Anglia schools. After speaking to them, I was very impressed to hear about Juilliard and excited by the prospect of collaborating with them once again, sharing our good practice but now with children attending Nord Anglia schools. I was thrilled to read about the Global Orchestra event at Juilliard. I have been learning music from a very young age and have fond memories of playing in Orchestras, Glenn Miller Big Bands and rock bands with children from different schools. These were always schools within the UK, never mind the world! To not just be involved with but to also take a lead in something like this is a pleasure.