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Jonty Faulkner

Jonty Faulkner

Chemistry Specialist & Global Campus Coordinator

What sets British International School of Chicago apart is the sheer enthusiasm of all the students. It is so rare to find a school where every single person, student or teacher, has a real and deep love of learning. The atmosphere in every lesson, regardless of subject or age, is driven and ambitious. It is an exciting place to be, and I am proud to play my part in what the school does.

After gaining my bachelor of science degree in chemistry and law at Exeter University, I took up a post with a leadership consultancy where I was responsible for the finances and legal work for the organization. Thanks largely to my rowing coaching work, I soon realized that teaching really was the calling for me, and I returned to Exeter to gain my postgraduate certificate in education in chemistry. From here I was fortunate enough to get a job teaching science and humanities at Edgebarrow School located in Bracknell Forrest, just to the west of London. It was at this outstanding school that my love of teaching was solidified, and I spent some very happy years there.

The decision to leave such a great environment was not easy to make; however, the opportunities on offer at BISC and my sense of adventure and drive to try out new things made getting on the plane to the United States all that much easier. Having spent a good deal of time in Chicago, I do know it was the right decision to make, and I very much look forward to my future here at the school.

I began my education in Hong Kong; however, home for me has always been rural Dartmoor, Devon, which is in the South West of England. Living and growing up in such an area of England, sport played a major part in my formative years. Weekends and after-school evenings were spent surfing, sailing and hiking, as well as playing numerous team sports. At Exeter University I developed my love for Rowing. I both competed for and coached the university with success at several domestic and international regattas, with Henley Royal Regatta being the real focal point. I have competed at Henley for a number of years, most notably reaching the final of the Britannia Challenge Cup in 2008. Aside from sport I have a great interest in politics and history, specifically the goings on in the latter half of the sixteenth century in France.

What Students Say

"Mr. Faulkner makes even the most boring topics fun and exciting and he is very open to the students."

"Mr. Faulkner is an outstanding teacher who knows how to motivate his students to work their hardest."

"Chemistry is one of my favorite classes due to the interest and passion Mr. Faulkner puts into his subject, which makes our class more enjoyable."