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Ian Coppenhall


Mathematics Teacher and Leader of the International Award

Before becoming a teacher I worked for several years in the water sports industry in Spain, Greece and the UK, teaching all ages of students to sail, windsurf, paddleboard and drive powerboats. This led me to becoming a secondary school teacher, combining my love of teaching with my passion for mathematics. I completed my PGCE with Hull University whilst training full time in two different schools in Lincolnshire. My first teaching job after qualifying was in Doha, after which I moved to China, and back again to Qatar to join NAISAK.

After a year in China, to gain further experience, I decided to return to Qatar, as a country which I love being a part of. NAISAK is a school within the global community of Nord Anglia giving everyone great opportunities and potential which they would not have at other schools. I wanted to move to a school that is well run, with clear aims and visions, promoting collaboration and excellence. I am a teacher who likes to try different types of resources, offering chances for students to work together to solve problems. I like to incorporate active resources and try new things, such as a version of the escape rooms, to help capture students’ attention and engage them in learning.

I pride myself on setting a good example and leading an active lifestyle. In Qatar I continue to enjoy some of my favourite hobbies, windsurfing and paddle boarding, as well as learning new sports, such as kitesurfing and wakeboarding. This passion for the outdoors is something that I like to pass on to the students at NAISAK through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

I love to travel to different countries and enjoy learning more about different cultures, styles of music and types of food. Alongside this I enjoy being outside exploring different hiking trails and spectacular scenery. In the past couple of years I have hiked up several mountains in Australia, China and the Middle East, such as Cradle Mountain, Tianmen Mountain, Hallelujah (Avatar) Mountain and Jebel Shams. I have also supported the students of my school in China by organising their trip to Hong Kong to complete their Silver International Award. As the International Award Coordinator at NAISAK I am getting stuck into this role and aiming to expand it as the school continues to develop and progress.

Although I live in Doha, I often venture outside of the city in my free time. I like the community feel in the smaller towns and villages in Qatar, with Al Khor and the surrounding area having a lot to offer, particularly for an outdoor enthusiast like myself. As NAISAK is part of the Nord Anglia family, it is a great school to develop my teaching further as well as fulfil my goals and aspirations. All schools have unique sets of teachers and students with different outlooks and ideas. Having been

teaching in a school with mostly Chinese students in the past, I really appreciate the greater mix of nationalities and diverse backgrounds within NAISAK.