Lisa Junior

Martial Nourice, MYP Coordinator, homeroom teacher MYP 1, teacher for Individuals and Societies

I come from the small island state of Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of east Africa. I began my teaching career in 1995 after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with specialism in History and Geography at Sussex University in the UK. Further to that, in 2009, I was awarded a Masters Degree in Human Rights Practice from three partner universities, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), University of Roehampton(UK) and University of Tromso(Norway).

Throughout my 19 year teaching career, I have had the opportunity to work in my home country, where I have taught History and Geography for 12 and a half years. I have also several years of teaching internationally, in the UK, where I worked for two years and in Albania, where I taught for the last 4 and a half years. Along the way I have added to my professional growth as a teacher the post of Head of Humanities Department, Curriculum Developer for History and Chief Examiner for History at secondary level in the Seychelles. In my last job in Albania I also occupied the post of PYP Coordinator, MYP Humanities teacher, MYP Coordinator and Secondary Principal. These experiences have helped me to develop strong leadership and management skills.

In 2011, I moved to Albania. It was at this point that I made my first encounter with the internationally-acclaimed IB education, when I was offered a job at the first IB school in the country in 2012. It took me a while to get accustom to the IB system but once I got to understand its philosophy and the kind of mission it is trying to accomplish, I got captivated by it and since then I have become a passionate advocate of  the IB programmes.

What appeals to me about the IB system, is its innovative approach to education. Its inquiry- based approach to learning teaches young people to become independent life-long learners, critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and to ask rich questions which they will pursue and find their own answers. Its service learning component teaches students to become changemakers both at a local and global level. It is a very flexible programme which gives both teachers and students the freedom to explore together global issues that really matters to them. Finally, with a focus on international-mindedness, the IB programmes encourage community of learners around the world to become active citizens and to become engaged globally. This can help to promote intercultural awareness and understanding, much needed in today’s globalised world.

This is my first year at Lisa-Junior International School and I am very happy to lead the team entrusted with the task of putting in place a strong Middle Years Programme, which we can all be proud of. This Programme will help our students to make a smooth transition from PYP to DP. I am really looking forward to sharing my learning experiences with Lisa-Junior school community and at the same time learn a lot from them.

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