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Staff Profile: Craig Eggleton

High Needs Leader and Specialist Teacher

My understanding of special educational needs started from a young age, as my mother is also a specialist teacher for students on the autistic spectrum. I was always taught to treat everyone as an equal and to embrace differences. When I was a primary student I would finish school in the early afternoon and would sometimes have to go to my mother's special needs school to wait whilst she finished work. It was from then on I knew that I too wanted to be a special needs teacher. I first started my SEN journey at the age of 18 when I worked in an Autistic boarding school as a teaching assistant whilst I studied for a teaching degree. Working as an SEN teaching assistant whilst studying helped me gain a lot of experience and understanding of special needs schools. Once graduated I taught students on the autistic spectrum and with various behavioral disorders for a few years in the United kingdom before moving to Bangkok Thailand. I lived and worked in Thailand for 4 years at St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School) in the High Needs and Learning Support Department. Afterwards I went to explore Sydney, Australia, where I continued to teach children on the autistic spectrum for nearly 3 years, before I started to miss my St Andrews family way too much and now I am back! which feels great!

I'm really easy going and really approachable (I like to think so) I really love my friends and family and am a bit of a mummy's boy - I call my mum at least 4 times a week. (Can't believe I have just admitted that) I have been lucky enough to make friendship circles all over the world as I love to travel, which means discounted holidays ;0 ! I'm pretty much joined at the hip with Mr Marc, who is my best friend here in Thailand along with several other awesome people. I like to keep fit and healthy and work out a lot - the only thing myself and Mr Marc don't do together as he hates the gym! On weekends I like to explore different places and find cool new hangouts. I also really like rainy days, where you don't have to leave your apartment, can turn on Netflix and order a take away...

St Andrews is like one big family. I came back to STA because I missed its unique vibe. It's a school where you wake up every morning and look forward to coming to work because every day is a great day! Everyone looks after each other and that is a really nice feeling when living so far away from home.

What the students say:

"Mr Craig is really fun and really good at doing impressions."