BA (Combined Hons) Geography and Economics: University of Exeter, UK
PGCE Secondary Geography, Christ Church College, Canterbury, University of Kent, UK
MA (TEFL): CALS, University of Reading, UK
DELTA Diploma in ELT, International House, San Sebastian, Spain
CELTA Certificate in ELT, Pilgrims, Canterbury, UK
Jon has lived and taught in four countries. His dual career in Geography and English (ELT) started with Geography, Mathematics and Sports in Ashford, Kent, UK. He did an exchange year teaching Geography in Ottawa, Canada, before moving to Spain to teach English (EFL). In Hungary he worked for two years at The British Council before setting up his own small English Language school in Budapest. As an English teacher he got involved in many areas of professional development, including teacher training, Course Director of summer schools, conference appearances and writing.
Jon joined BISB in 2003 teaching Geography and, as the only Geographer at the time, effectively running the department; designing syllabuses, choosing resources and his favourite, running trips. He also started camping trips at the school and oversaw the acquisition of the school equipment. In 2006 he took on the role of CAS Coordinator for nine years, of which the highlight was the establishment of the Senegal Project which saw four school trips to Warang in Senegal as well as a huge fundraising effort from the school community. In 2014 he took on the teaching of Environmental Systems and Societies as well as Geography.
There are many philosophies, but Jon feels that the most central part of his job is being with the students enjoying the concept of “serious fun”. His ambition is to find more and better experiences for students to learn, and is very comfortable about students teaching him a thing or two, so students have an active role in the classroom. He is always looking for new trips and practical, outdoor applications for what is covered in the classroom.
Jon has many hobbies which can be shared at school, such as cycling, trekking and climbing; he plays piano and guitar and often gets involved in school music events, and travels extensively, which provides him with photographic material and musical slideshows for classes. He also enjoys chess, reading, cinema and the arts in general; he writes poetry and songs and is a published author.