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Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas | British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park

Year 2 Teacher

I call the UK my home. However, after graduating from university and completing my first few years of teaching, my husband and I decided we wanted to see the world beyond the UK. It turned into the first step of a big adventure. We have since had the amazing opportunity to live and work in many different countries, including Nigeria, Oman, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. I have been fortunate enough to build a broad set of experiences by teaching in international schools in all of these places, almost exclusively teaching the British National Curriculum with additional brief experiences in the U.S. and Montessori systems. I have taught all age ranges from Nursery to 11-year-olds. It has been fascinating to see the differences in cultures, but what remains the same is that teaching children is my passion.   

Since living in Chicago, my family (husband, two teenage daughters, and chocolate Labrador) have enjoyed all that the city has to offer. On the weekend, we love taking a stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo to the lake or visiting a museum or art gallery. The summer wouldn't be complete without a trip to Wrigley Field.          

During my career as a teacher it has become so very apparent that each child is truly unique. Each student learns in various ways and reaches developmental milestones at different times. It is therefore essential that learning should be personalized to each student and that the teacher finds the best way to facilitate this learning. Learning should engage each student. Tasks need to be stimulating and challenging but at the same time ensure the student feels confident in their ability to succeed.  

  • Universities Attended: Sheffield Hallam University
  • Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Education (Honors)
  • Professional Development Experiences: Return to Teaching Course (credits earned towards a Masters in Education)