Hello! My name is Matthew Stanbra and I am originally from London, England. I have moved to Phuket this summer to begin working at HeadStart as the homeroom teacher of Year 6 Yellow. Before this, I studied at Canterbury Christchurch University to earn my degree in Primary Education and then worked as a primary teacher in Kent for 4 years. After spending the majority of the last year travelling around Europe, I decided that I was ready for a new challenge and wanted to fulfil my ambition of moving to a different continent which has led me to HeadStart and Phuket. I am very excited to immerse myself in the local culture and am already enjoying the island life. Some of the hobbies and activities that I enjoy include film, games, learning a new language and travelling, however, I am always eager to try new experiences. I am very passionate about teaching; my family in England consists of many educators and, before studying at university, I was coaching tennis and teaching karate. My firm belief is that education should be as fun and engaging as possible and I aim to create a classroom atmosphere where hard work is rewarded and pupils are given all the support and challenges they need to reach their full potential. I am looking forward to teaching Year 6 this year and to ensure they are ready for the next phase of their education in secondary school.