Hi, my name is Rich and I’ve been teaching History at HeadStart International School for two years. Previously, I was an English and History teacher at Bromsgrove International School in Bangkok. My experience as a KS3 and KS4 English and History teacher, along with a strong EAL background, has given me the tools to effectively teach students of differing abilities from all over the world. I am also in a position to empathise with international school students, having been one myself (I spent my first 12 years in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan). As HeadStart’s History teacher, I will be ensuring that all students are not only learning the curriculum, but do so in a lively classroom that inspires a love of history while developing crucial historical enquiry skills, such as interpreting sources and analysing cause and consequence. Students will be expected to do individual and group tasks and peer learning will be encouraged. My philosophy is that every student has a potential that must be nurtured and encouraged. I do this by trying to instil self-belief in every learner, which in turn ignites his or her curiosity and motivation. In an increasingly globalised world, a sense of identity, independence and creativity is paramount to forging the best start in life and I model this in my teaching. I recognise that different students have different learning needs and styles, therefore my approach is varied to ensure that no student is left behind. Apart from teaching, other passions include environmental activism, music (listening and composing), travel and being a consistently disappointed Tottenham Hotspur fan. To be able to live near the coast and teach a subject I’m so passionate about is fantastic. My wife and I are enjoying teaching and living in Phuket, especially because the lifestyle here gives our two children an opportunity to grow up in the great outdoors.