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Staff Profiles: Christine Eichhoefer

Christine Eichhoefer

German Teacher

My teaching career began as a language assistant in Bristol, in the South West of England. The English way of educating children was so impressive that I knew this would be my profession. During the remaining years of my studies I also had opportunities to teach in Belgium and France. My first proper teaching position was in the North of England, in Carlisle, where I established a new German Language Department in Austin Friars School and saw it evolve into a flourishing department with students at GCSE and A-level. My desire to broaden my career horizons then led me to Bahrain and Zambia, where I enjoyed some wonderful experiences, which introduced me to new, diverse and interesting cultures. Following on from there I had the chance to teach in New Zealand, Qatar and China.

I’m very proud to to have started and developed a German Language Department from scratch in two different schools. I have greatly benefitted from a variety of teaching styles due to the diversity of countries and schools in which I taught. I chose St Andrews International School Bangkok in order to return to Asia and to continue working in the international scene but was particularly attracted to this school because of the emphasis it places on special needs which was very different from most other international schools. Like many members of my family, I regard myself as a lifelong learner and love my vocation. I like to be challenged with regards to working in different schools and countries amongst different nationalities, thus enhancing not only my teaching styles and techniques but also deepening the knowledge of the countries with all their different cultural aspects, languages, religions, and traditions.

My interests include learning languages, learning about other nationalities, reading, dancing and drama. Here in St Andrews I appreciate most the warmth and friendliness amongst colleagues and students as well as the administrative and support staff. I’m grateful that chances are given to teachers to develop their professional skills within the school and also think it is wonderful to have a school where children with special needs can find a home and the chance to be taught to the best of their abilities amongst children who do not have special needs.