Hi everyone! Welcome back to another KIS Spotlight! Today you will find more about our new MYP Language and Literature teacher, Ms. Britni!
First and foremost, what subjects do you teach, and to whom?
I teach G6 and G7 English Language and Literature.
Next, what would you like or want all of us to know about yourself?
I’m originally from the U.S. and this is my first time teaching overseas! I’m looking forward to a winter without snow!
Any hobbies, passions, interests that you like to indulge in?
I really enjoy being outside and physical activity: I love to work out, play rugby and ice hockey, run, paddle-board, scuba dive, and hike. I’m also very content to just sit on the beach reading a book!
Have you enjoyed your time at KIS so far? How so?
I have really enjoyed my time at KIS so far; the staff and the students are very welcoming!
If you are new to Thailand, please tell us about how you feel being here?
Not only is this my first time living in Thailand, but this is also my first time ever living in a city! It was a little overwhelming at first, but I love how kind the people are here, and I very much appreciated how patient Thai speaking people have been, especially when I’m struggling to communicate effectively.
What do you love most about the subject(s) that you’re currently teaching? Have they always been of interest to you?
I have a love/hate relationship with teaching English. Sometimes, I get exhausted from the amount of writing I need to read/assess; however, at the end of the day, I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to get to know my students through their work. I have the opportunity to have discussions about literature and how it impacts their and others’ lives; furthermore, through their writing and discussions, I get to learn about their opinions, passions, and unique experiences.
Any pet peeves at all?
My students could probably tell you this one; when I am inturpted repeatedly while I am conferencing with a student.
Lastly, would you like to impart any advice for students in the MYP or DP, or just all of us in general?
I would encourage all KIS students, at all levels, to take risks and learn from their mistakes, whether academic or behavioral. Let go of perfectionism and reflect upon what you would do differently next time – then actually do it differently next time. Always give your best effort; it may be tough when you’re in the thick of it, but it feels so great to accomplish something that you had to work for.