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Joseph Hawker

JHA

English Lead Teacher

My academic background is in English Literature and Film Studies and my passion for these subjects actually started during my second year of taking A-Levels in 2010. This was when I discovered that I wanted to continue my studies in these subjects at Undergraduate level and, in turn, picked up English Literature and Media Studies A-Level in my second year of Further Education, which meant I had to learn the AS courses in my own time – which was a real challenge! At the University of Winchester, I completed my BA Combined Honours in English Literature and Film Studies in 2014 and, during my time at University, I wrote film reviews of independent films in my spare time for a local annual film festival. After completing my degree, I realised that I wanted a career in teaching and started my PGCE at Bath Spa University in September 2014. In 2015, after passing my PGCE, I worked at a school in Warminster, England, where I was also fortunate enough to teach Media Studies at A-Level in my first year of teaching.

In my second year, I became the English Department’s PGCE Mentor and have overseen three teacher trainees pass their PGCEs since then. In my third year of teaching, in 2017, I initiated Film Studies A-Level as a new subject in my school and have taught English Literature & Language, Media Studies and Film Studies ever since. I have always taken part in school productions, sports days and have an active role in our school’s music competition - as both a judge and a performer – and have my own slot on our school’s annual radio show! As a tutor, I am very competitive, and we have won two of the in-house tournaments – something we take very seriously every year! Outside of teaching, I have been a GCSE examiner for the English Literature exam for the last three years and am also currently completing my Masters in Education specifically looking at Growth Mindset in Education. This year, my fiancée and I took a 6-month sabbatical to travel across Asia and Australasia searching for new experiences in other cultures. This was when we decided we wanted to teach abroad as we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to combine both our passion for teaching and our love to travel. Whilst it has been challenging at times, I have always enjoyed academia and feel I am ready for another adventure where I can share my expertise and love for education with new people.

I would like to consider myself as a friendly, approachable person who is always looking for a new challenge. I have always been particularly sporty and have taken part in many running and cycling events including running the Amsterdam Marathon (a month after turning eighteen!) and getting rather dirty in last year’s UK Tough Mudder! From a young age, I’ve played football weekly and I have recently taken up squash and boxing as a new sport. In my spare time, I also like to go to the gym and have a real passion for weightlifting. In addition to my sporty side, I have always been into music and play the drums, piano and saxophone; I'm currently the drummer in the teachers’ band at my school and am in my own band outside of school. I like to read books and watch films (with many trips to the cinema every month!) and I love to travel the world to experience new cultures. Whilst I have a busy lifestyle with many hobbies, I love spending time with my friends and family and am certainly partial to having a quiet night in in front of the TV!

I am very much looking to forward to teaching at NAISAK as I gather that it is an extremely rewarding school and community to be a part of where both staff and students alike are very friendly and eager to learn new things. NAISAK also seems like the perfect place for students and staff to develop and is a school which seems very forward about nurturing everyone’s interests and ambitions – something, I feel, makes for a fantastic school. For me personally, it means I can share my passion for teaching with many different students from around the world. I think that the prospect of teaching English and Drama in Qatar will be very rewarding as, whilst I look forward to bringing my own experience of teaching in England to the students of NAISAK, I am also very excited about learning new things myself and I think this is very important to grow as a teacher and as a person. Not to mention that I have heard that Qatar is a beautiful country to both visit and live in and is a very sunny place to be all year round – a bit different to rainy England!