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Douglas McNeill

Douglas McNeill | British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

Reception Teacher

I was born and raised in the busy city of Glasgow, in the West of Scotland. Having taught in Scotland for a number of years and had the opportunity to work with children across Europe whilst volunteering: I was thrilled when asked to move to Chicago to continue my love of teaching. Chicago is filled with diversity from every walk of life and yet there is a sense of unity and pride that radiates from this beautiful city. It’s this sense of community where support, talent and an eagerness to learn are brought together that makes BISC Lincoln Park such a unique and wonderful place to be in each day and I am very proud to be a part of it.

As a teacher I strive to meet the individual needs for learners. Myself having had some difficulty in primary school, I remember all too well the angst of not ‘getting it’ in lessons. My aim is to remove those barriers to learning by involving the students on their learning journey, creating a belief that anything is possible. I envision a Learning Resource Center where staff, parents and students come together to create the best support available. In order for to us to build confident and ambitious individuals, it is vital that they are given not only the knowledge and understanding to feel comfortable with their own abilities, but more: The tools to communicate, the skills to work out a solution independently and the opportunities to grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally. I see myself as a whole person: a teacher, a member of the community but also as an individual with my own interests and hobbies. For teachers to create these confident students, the ambitious learners, the contributors and citizens for the future we need to make sure we know how to best support students to become their own whole person, with the understanding inside them that their opportunities really are limitless.

  • Universities Attended: University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh.
  • Degrees Earned: MA (Hons) in Psychology, PGDE in Primary Education.
  • Certifications Earned: COSCA Award in Counselling Skills.
  • Professional Development Experiences: Co-operative Learning Academy (Chris Ward), Creating Confident Pupils through Circle Time (Jenny Mosley), Introducing Children to Music (National Scottish Orchestra), Middle Leadership Training (Nord Anglia University), Looking for Learning (Martin Skelton), Creating Learning without Limits (Dame Alison Peacock).
What Our Students Say:

"Mr. McNeill likes to teach us new things with a song, he knows a song about everything!"

"Mr. McNeill is good because even if you don’t think you know the answer, you can make a guess and he gets really excited about it."

"I think Mr. McNeill reads a lot because he reads us stories and puts on silly voices and pretends to be the characters. He can be a funny giant and once he was an old lady with a fluffy cat."