As the world has continued to ‘shrink’ in the 21st century, the relevance of geography and the wider social sciences has become even more pronounced. These are subjects and topics that are all around us, whether we refer to river studies, population dynamics or climate change. Of course, the world is only shrinking in a hypothetical sense due to our increased use of technology and ever-expanding flight network, but it means we can communicate with people on the other side of the world at the touch of a button. The fact that this is (almost – the rate of change does vary in different parts of the world) a global phenomenon gives it a unique geographical perspective. Being an online homeschooling tutor is undoubtedly a part of this shrinking world and something that would not have been possible in the past. The opportunity to learn at home and at your own pace are just some of the advantages of this type of education.
My career in education began in Leeds, England in 2004, where I gained my PGCE. Following this, I did further training and placements near Vancouver, Canada, before teaching in Scotland for seven years. I also took on a pastoral leadership role during this time. I then moved into international education and have been both a head of department and faculty coordinator in schools in Germany and Belgium. My principal subject is geography, but I have also taught combined social studies to lower secondary and environmental systems to upper secondary at IB level. In addition to this, I am an external examiner for A-Level and IB, have had a study guide for ‘Urban Environments’ published and act as a course advisor and revision course leader. My goal is to make sure every student can achieve to the very best of their ability, which is one of the reasons I have been gaining further experience in the online world in recent years through both group and 1-1 tutoring.
Outside of the educational world, I am a great lover of the outdoors, and I have completed many cycle trips around Europe. It’s a fantastic way to travel and see places you otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to! I am a keen snowboarder and footballer (my playing days are largely behind me, but I am still a big supporter of Falkirk football club and keep up with both the Scottish and English leagues and love a good champions league night!). I also enjoy spending time with my wife and two-year-old son, who certainly keeps me busy and entertained.
I am very excited to continue my educational journey by helping Wolsey Hall students become strong, independent learners, ready to embrace the ‘shrinking’ world around us.