How have you found teaching at Elsa High School?
Teaching at Elsa High School is so rewarding. Students come from a wide range of family backgrounds and learning experiences. I always tell my students that the IB program reflects real life. To succeed in life means to always plan ahead and in the MYP Design cycle the importance of trying to write a Research Plan is important even though it may not always be correct the first few times; this mindset and skill if developed will help you manage your time more effectively. I have always had a passion for design and try to translate this into my teaching either through examples I give, by choice of activity, or through the focused practical tasks that we do.
What is your favourite thing about being a design teacher?
I love teaching new skills, techniques or knowledge; students might find it challenging at first but over time and with some patience, guidance, and clear instruction the students will eventually get it, and achieve what they set out to. Design is about creativity, possibility, and expression. It is one of the few subjects where your imagination is the only thing holding you back from creating what you envision. Like all good parents, good teachers want their students to learn grow and be successful; I am no different.
Do you have any other passions other than teaching?
Yes, of course! I have been a snowboarder for over 20 years. I received my first bruises, bumps and concussions on the slopes of Val Thorens in France, Switzerland, and in Seattle in the US. I learnt to ride and carve the slopes safely, and at speed! It is an amazing feeling and an exhilarating sport. Snowboarding can be dangerous but with experience you gain knowledge you learn to believe in your own skills, to be able to master the slopes. As the world rushes by you are most alive in the moment (not dissimilar to teaching, in fact). These days, I can be found flying down the slopes in Korea or Japan trying to learn new tricks on the snowboard.
When did you start teaching?
Initially, I taught English Language in Hong Kong over 12 years ago, but even then I was a Product Designer in Hong Kong for over 7 years. At the time when I was teaching at a local learning centre, and I was asked to teach Visual Arts, which reignited my love for teaching art and design. This lead me to get my Post Graduate Diploma in Education in Visual Arts to become a qualified secondary school. I haven’t looked back since!