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Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies

Head of Creative Arts | Design Technology Specialist

For me the things which help to make British International School of Chicago unique are its staff and students. The staff are all highly professional in their approach to providing students with the best opportunity to learn and often go far beyond what is expected to ensure students exceed their goals. The students come from a diverse mix of cultures and truly represent the international aspect of our school. Their enthusiasm and passion for learning takes them far beyond the norm and allows them to explore their subjects in a greater depth than would otherwise be possible.

I studied for a bachelor of science degree in design and construction management at University of Greenwich before working for 12 months as a volunteer for the National Trust. I then went back to school to study for a postgraduate certificate in education in Design Technology at University of Wales, Swansea.

My first job was at Hurstmere School in Sidcup, where I taught Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Electronics, Graphic Design and Resistant Materials to the students in Key Stages 3-4. After a couple of years I moved on to teach Product Design, Engineering and ICT at Gorseinon College in Swansea for a year, before settling to teach and lead the Design Technology Department at St. Ilan School in Caerphilly. After seven years I decided to move on and work abroad. I saw the advertisement for Chicago and the chance to develop the Design Technology curriculum as a challenge, and have enjoyed it ever since I joined the school in 2006.

I have always enjoyed the chance to escape through mountain biking, snowboarding and skiing, and enjoy watching rugby and cycling on TV. I am an avid viewer of anything automotive and enjoy watching the F1 and WRC championships as well as shows like "Overhaulin." I enjoy reading about design and technological innovation, especially regarding the fields of automotive and product design and am currently "looking after"a 1949 Dodge with the plan to pass it on to my son one day. I am passionate about the environment and the development of alternative fuel and feel that it is important to educate the next generation about how to be environmentally aware in how they live their lives.