IT Director and High School Biology Teacher
What year did you come to YIS, and where were you working prior to YIS?
I started at YIS in 2015, having previously worked in Singapore, Sudan, Beijing, and Luxembourg. My wife and I have been overseas since 2002.
What attracted you to come work at YIS?
I was introduced to YIS in 2003 by a former colleague who said YIS was a great school to work at, and that Yokohama was a great place for families. It's been on my list of places to live and work since.
What do you love most about the subject you teach?
I teach, or have taught, a variety of subjects: Computer Science, MYP Design, Theory of Knowledge, MYP I&S/Humanities, DP Biology. I love the challenge and learning that takes place when you teach a variety of subjects, and seeing students learn in a variety of contexts across a wide range of age groups. Finally, as an administrator, I enjoy being in the classroom as it grounds me and reminds me of why I became an educator - the students!
What sports/non-academic activities are you involved with at school?
Currently, I am part of the HOPE Cambodia group, and am looking forward to traveling with our group of students and teachers to help build a school in Cambodia in February.
How would you describe the IB Program, and its value, to parents?
I think the focus on inquiry is the strongest part of the program, as well as the development of critical thinking, analytical and reflective skills.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of school, and what do you enjoy most about life in Japan?
Currently I am completing my M.Ed., and have recently taken up gardening, which I really enjoy.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would your profession be?
I used to think I wanted to be a pharmacist or doctor, but now I think I would be content as a gardener or farmer.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and what would you discuss?
Aristotle. He contributed to almost all areas of knowledge, including two I am the most passionate about - philosophy and science.
Which YIS event(s) from the school year do you enjoy most, and why?
Food Fair is probably my favorite event. Elementary Sports Day is also great. Both events bring together large portions of the community.
What advice would you give to teachers looking to work in Japan?
Japan is a great place to live and work - it's safe, efficient, has great food and an interesting culture with kind and helpful people, but it can be a bit challenging for families with young children when both spouses are working.
What excites you most about the new YIS campus?
Having a purpose-built campus that will be located all on one physical site will be a welcome change. I am also looking forward to the new athletic facilities, including the new pool!