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Martin Sykes


Teacher of Humanities

After working for KPMG in London for a short time after university, Martin decided to follow his conviction to train to become a teacher, and he has never looked back since. 28 years later, Martin still has a real passion for learning and teaching, and he excitedly puts the latest and best pedagogical theories into practice. He particularly excels at teaching his students how to develop their higher order analytical skills, whether it be in his Geography lessons or his Business Studies lessons. He also has experience of teaching other subjects in the Humanities Department too, after a long and successful teaching career at a selection of well renowned schools, both in the UK and in Asia. Martin began his teaching career working under Sir Pritpal Singh at a successful and popular high school in West London. After ten happy years teaching there, he decided to embark on a new journey in his life. He left the gloomy, rainy skies of London for the gloomy smog-ridden skies of Jakarta. Here he taught for ten years at the prestigious British International School, Jakarta, holding a number of middle and senior level positions whilst also fine tuning his teaching skills. After a successful and enjoyable decade there, Martin took the decision to move to Bali to help with the development of the Humanities Department in the fledgling Secondary School in an international school in Canggu, Bali. After five happy and fulfilling years there, he decided to move back to Jakarta, this time to teach at ACS Jakarta, which is renowned for its academic successes. This was another happy and successful spell in his career, but the urge to move to another exciting megacity in Asia grew too strong when the opportunity to work at Nord Anglia International School, Pudong came along. Martin is very excited to be given the chance to work at such a successful and well resourced school in Shanghai, and he is looking forward to promoting high order learning strategies amongst his students in the school.

Martin is a keen traveller and has a real passion for visiting large cities around the world and indulging in his passion for modern architecture. He is also a keen footballer, although sporting injuries have caught up with him, so his passion is focused on watching the beautiful game now more than playing. Martin is here in Shanghai along with his family, who are also part of the NAIS Pudong community. They are all very excited at the opportunity to explore this wonderful country together and to experience all the different sights and cultures within China.

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