My teaching career spans more than four decades, and has afforded me the opportunity to serve as academic leader and teacher in South Africa, my home country, New Zealand, Nigeria, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation.
I hold a Higher Diploma in Education, obtained at the Johannesburg College of Education (now the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand) and a Further Diploma in Educational Management from the College of Education of South Africa. I graduated at the Rand Afrikaans University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English (with distinction) and Education. In my post-graduate studies I specialised in Applied Linguistics; I hold a Bachelor of Arts Honours (cum laude) and a Master of Arts (cum laude).
I have served in numerous leadership roles in both primary and secondary schools: head teacher (at four schools in three countries), deputy head, vice-principal: academic, head of department. I am a passionate proponent of international education because of the important role international schools play in promoting global-mindedness. In addition, I am committed to equipping my students with the requisite skills – communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity – to forge successful careers in the twenty-first century.
I have wide-ranging interests: birding, hiking, gardening, genealogy (my family tree), photography, reading and travel; I have led student tour groups to South Africa, Turkey, the Republic of Benin, France, and the Russian Federation.
My wife, Carol-Anne – also an experienced educationalist – and I have been married for over forty years. She and I are the proud parents and grandparents of an adult son, two adult daughters and four beautiful grandchildren.