Year 11 Blue
My name is Michael Hurley. I am from the United Kingdom, born in London, England. In January 2013 I moved to Thailand, fulfilling a long held ambition to live and work overseas. I began teaching at HeadStart International School in August, 2013. My specialist subject is Business Studies. I received my Business Degree from Sussex University, England, in 1998. Following this I qualified as a Secondary School Teacher, having successfully completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Roehampton University in 1999. Since this time I have taught Business Studies GCSE, A Level and vocational courses to students aged fourteen to eighteen. Prior to joining HeadStart International School, I enjoyed working at a large and very successful state comprehensive secondary school just outside of London for eight years. During this time I held the post of Second in Charge of Department. I am totally committed to supporting my students and seeing them excel. I sincerely believe in the ability of every individual to achieve and enjoy success through hard work, dedication and perseverance. This long held belief has led to students in my classes consistently exceeding expectations. Most recently, those in my Year 11 iGCSE Business Studies class performed exceedingly well in their recent summer examinations. Their personal success fuels my passion and commitment. It is a real pleasure living in Thailand, Phuket, and working at HeadStart International School. I very much look forward to the challenges and rewards the year will bring. I can be contacted at: [email protected]
Homeroom Teacher Introduction
My name is Heather Lucass and I am from Cheshire in the UK. I studied the Sciences at A-Level along with Art and Psychology, and later graduated with an honours degree in Psychology and Law. From this I began working at my old high school as a teaching assistant for 2 years, while completing Post-Graduate study in Chemistry. I decided to combine my passion for Chemistry and enthusiasm for working with young people by completing a PGCE in Secondary Science with Chemistry Specialism at Liverpool John Moores University. Shortly after completing my PGCE, I secured my first post as a Teacher of Chemistry at a local high school and college. I have been teaching for 3 years and have been fortunate enough to have had a number of additional roles such as working as a Teaching and Learning Coordinator and a year group Achievement Leader which have helped me to continually develop my skills as a teacher.
I love to travel and really enjoy the outdoors; having grown up with horses and dogs, when I was 18, I jumped at the opportunity to work on a ranch in California, teaching children to ride horses. I have also travelled extensively in Europe and spend a lot of my summers in the UK in the Lake District climbing mountains, camping, cycling and kayaking. I have completed a number of triathlons and have successfully competed in Bikejoring championships back in England. When I’m not feeling so energetic I love to paint and read; I am also a keen photographer. I have been fortunate enough to have some of my art work displayed in exhibitions back in the UK. I am really looking forward to exploring all that Phuket has to offer and continuing to pursue my interests here.
I am extremely excited about the opportunity to teach Chemistry at HeadStart. I am passionate about nurturing young people’s innate curiosity about the world and leading them on a journey to greater understanding. I believe Chemistry is a fascinating subject and I aim to create a collaborative and inclusive learning environment for my students, helping them to feel confident and able to push themselves to achieve beyond their expectations.