KIS SPOTLIGHT: Mr. Dustin

Hi all! So, a few days ago, I had the chance to ask the wonderful Mr. Dustin some questions about himself, as he’s new here at KIS. Always good to know more about those around you! So please do read further for more on one of our new teachers:

First and foremost, what subjects do you teach and to whom (MYP and/or DP)?

  • I teach Math and Physics at the DP level.

Next, what would you like or want all of us to know about yourself? Just some basic details like where you’re from, what you did before coming to KIS, places you’ve been to/would like to visit, etc.

  • I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have earned degrees from the University of Idaho and the University of Alaska. After studying, I began teaching internationally in 2011 and since then I have lived in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, Sweden, China, and now Thailand.
Any hobbies, passions, interests that you like to indulge in?
  • I love doing different types of exercise and staying active. I am also really passionate about food and cooking. I’ve recently started to learn to play the drums.
Any pet peeves at all?
  • Pet peeve: misuse of the words “exponential” and “literal”.

Have you enjoyed your time at KIS so far? How so?

  • It has only been 1 month, but I am loving KIS. The sense of community and friendliness has been clear from the first day. It is a place where new people can come and feel welcome and I think that is really important.

If you are new to Thailand, please tell us about how you feel being here.

  • Thailand seems great. I have met a lot of friendly people and, of course, I am enjoying the food. Bangkok is an exciting place with a lot going on and it is also well connected to a variety of quieter places in Thailand.

What do you love most about the subject(s) that you’re currently teaching? Have they always been of interest to you?

  • I love the structure of Mathematics. I think it is really beautiful how it builds on itself to create new knowledge because that is also how I believe that the learning process works best. One thing that is great about Physics is that its theories are often developed in a similar way to Mathematics, except that we get to test the theories using physical experiments.

Lastly, would you like to impart any advice for students in the MYP or DP, or just all of us in general?

  • Words of wisdom…
    • Find out what you are really interested in and dive in. At the same time, don’t feel like you have put yourself in a box. It is never too late to try something new or change your habits.
    • Smile.
Well, that was all. Welcome to KIS, Mr. Dustin! 😄
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