My name is James Hornby and I am very excited about the year ahead at HeadStart International School and my family’s new life in Thailand. I am from England and studied Geography at Loughborough University before completing my PGCE at St. Martin’s College in Ambleside, Cumbria. I taught at schools in Leicester and Yorkshire for 9 years before the opportunity arose to teach at an international school in Cairo, Egypt. During my 2 years living and teaching in Egypt, I explored the desert and also developed a passion for the underwater world through scuba diving; while in Phuket I intend to spend as much of my free time as possible underwater in the Andaman Sea. Before arriving in Thailand, my last teaching post was in Vietnam where I worked at a large international school in Saigon for 9 years. Experience has taught me that it is very important to understand that individuals learn in different ways, enjoy different things and achieve differently and at different rates. By providing a safe yet challenging learning environment where the children are not afraid to ‘have a go’ and make mistakes, we can ensure that the children thrive and develop as learners. From what I have seen so far, this is very much the case at HeadStart. Outside of the classroom, apart from spending as much time as possible underwater, I enjoy distance running and rugby, support Liverpool FC and love exploring new places with my wife Nguyen and daughter Jessica. I am really looking forward to finding out more about the wonderful people, places and of course food of Thailand.