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Staff Profiles: Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

EAL Support Teacher

Having a stable and loving family has allowed me to advance my career in education and to mature as an international teacher. A growth mindset has enabled me to develop my teaching pedagogy by embracing the most recent educational philosophies and classroom technology. In turn this has led me to want to teach at the most successful and pioneering school as possible.

Before becoming a teacher I trained as a boat builder and gained a BSc Yacht Design. I have worked at several yacht building companies around the world as a shipwright and yacht designer. More recently I studied a combined MA International Education & PGCE through Keele University England and retrained as an EAL Teacher. In my experience EAL support should assist children in becoming proficient English language users whilst simultaneously helping those children achieve academic success across all areas of the curriculum.

My choice in career has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable, and I am constantly reminded of how proud I am of the children’s achievements and progress. These feelings have kept me enthusiastic, dedicated and prepared to give the children the best learning environment possible for them to achieve success.

I am still a keen boat builder and sailor, and I also coach football at the weekend for my son’s team in the Bangkok Soccer League. I enjoy cooking and trying to learn the dishes of the country where I’m living, as well as learning its language and culture. I keep fit by swimming and weightlifting, which helps my diving, sailing, golf and tennis. In addition, I have a keen interest in environmental issues and nature conservation.

I was pleased to find that St. Andrews academic philosophy and approach to education was extremely progressive and mirrored my own thoughts on education. My main goal as a teacher is to empower the children in my care and enable them to be independent, autonomous learners for life. I believe the development of the skills and attributes which they require to be successful lifelong learners must be taught throughout their schooling and the educational experience they receive in school is of paramount importance.

In my experience, academic achievement is dependent on children’s acquisition of solid social communication skills, their emotional well-being and their knowledge and understanding of themselves as learners. Consequently, I have adopted a holistic approach to teaching where I strive to educate the whole child and to create a sense of wonder about the world. Furthermore, the importance of developing and installing a thriving culture for learning within the classroom is at the core of my pedagogy. Inclusion and personalisation of the curriculum is imperative to my practice and I strive to ensure all learners are engaged, inspired and supported within class.