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James Brook

James Brook

Physical Education Specialist

British International School of Chicago is a progressive, innovative and creative place for young people to develop their academic potential, and also promotes skills needed to succeed in life. I am excited to be working at the South Loop campus, boasting modern learning spaces that offer new learning experiences for students.

I was born in Louth, Lincolnshire, a thriving rural town that boasts rolling hills, the highest spire church in Europe and a relaxed way of life. I attended the local Secondary School where my love for sport gave me the motivation to pursue a career in teaching sport. After successfully completing my A-Levels, I was offered a basketball scholarship at University of Wolverhampton where I played under the watchful eye of Nick O’Learly, one of England’s most prestigious basketball coaches. During this time I also played national league basketball for Wolverhampton Wolves and coached the junior and women’s team.

After University I travelled to South America where I spent 10 months visiting countries like Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela. On return, I worked in a Secondary School as a Physical Education Teaching Assistant before completing a postgraduate certificate in education in Physical Education at East London University. After the course, I was offered a Physical Education teaching position at The Highfied School, Letchworth, Hertfordshire and coordinated a successful basketball program winning district and county championships.

I decided to join BISC as I want to develop a comprehensive and creative sports program. Our new campus also influenced my decision to join the school; it is clear to see the school is looking into the future, and I am excited to be part of this journey. 

I’m a very positive, caring and energetic individual, and enjoy seeking new challenges in life. My main sporting interest is basketball, a sport I enjoy to play and coach. I’m a dedicated Chicago Bulls fan, so you will probably find me at most home games cheering on my favorite player Jimmy Butler. I am a passionate traveler and have had the opportunity to visit various countries including Australia, India, and South America. In 2014 I completed the historic Route 66. Sport and teaching is in the family! My brother used to play basketball for a professional team in England and now lives in Melbourne. My Dad is a passionate track and field coach and enjoys watching the indoor cycling. My mum is a retired teacher, and my sister and her husband are both Primary School teachers. Other hobbies include track and field, volleyball, photography, art and watching live sport. 

What Students Say

"He is an enthusiastic teacher always happy to see us. He always talks to us inside and outside of tutor. He also helps us improve ourselves. He has been our tutor since Year 9 and has always helped us in anything we ask him for help in. He is one of the most popular teachers across the school and is friendly to any student and staff with an incredible sense of humour and a caring approach to teaching."

"Mr. Brook is an inspirational teacher and role model. His lessons are always fun and I always look forward to them. His passion for teaching is always evident and his knowledge for sport is vast."

"As a basketball coach Mr. Brook is an inspirational speaker, he knows how to get a team fired up for the win. He has a great knowledge of the game and has inspired us to district and county finals. His lessons are fun, creative and he is always full of energy. He is definitely the best Physical Education teacher!"

"Mr. Brook has helped me to develop my confidence in sport. He always encourages you and praises hard work and effort. He is good basketball player too and has really good knowledge about the game."