I am originally from a small town in Aberdeenshire , Scotland. I moved to Edinburgh in 2001 to study my undergraduate degree in Educational Studies at the University of Edinburgh. However, I quickly realized that my niche was working with children so I was excited to be accepted into the post-graduate Primary Education Teaching program at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. Once I completed my teaching qualification I accepted my first teaching post in a large Primary School in Glasgow. I spent five very happy years there, working with and learning from some inspirational team members and staff. In 2013, the opportunity to work at the British International School of Chicago arose and I was very fortunate to be offered a position in the KS1 department.
I am now in my 6th teaching year here and continue to love teaching Year 1 and I love being part of an International School, engaging with families from all over the world. I love to be outdoors and living in the US definitely provides plenty of year round opportunities in all weathers for that! I really enjoy living in Chicago, from seeing the city landmarks and museums as well as enjoying many of the fantastic restaurants here. I also love traveling, and I am making the most of seeing the US, I have managed to visit 28 states, I am hoping to make it to them all over the next few years.
There's no limit to what every student can achieve. Children are willing to step outside of the predefined box and are willing to start thinking and looking at things in different ways than most people in our society look at things today. They have the courage to explore new things and if they fail they quickly pick themselves up and continue to persevere.
- Universities Attended: University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde
- Degrees Earned: BA in Educational Studies, PGDE in Primary Teaching and Education
What Our Students Say:
"I like Mr. Smith because he is funny and does lots of fun things with us."
"Mr. Smith taught me a lot of interesting things."
"I like that he gives me hard and challenging work."