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Ebony MonCrief

Educator

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what were you doing before arriving at THINK Global School?

I’m originally from Alabama but am based in Melbourne, where, prior to TGS, I taught English and Personal Development inside a youth prison and facilitated creative writing and spoken word workshops. At one point, I made my living as a performance poet. Before I was a poet, I worked in various positions, including corporate sales and marketing, bars, cafes, bottled beer, and tended to goats in New Zealand.

2. What do you love most about teaching?

My first teaching partner said to me: “If you’re not willing to make fun of yourself and be a little bit hokey, it’s going to be a lot harder. You’ve got to have fun E-money.” I get to bring so many parts of myself into the learning space which helps me model vulnerability and authenticity. There is so much fun to be had when learning and by not being perfect at all times we can channel lightness and laughter into a world that can be so serious.

3. Describe your teaching style or philosophy. Do you have any unique teaching methods you use to keep students engaged?

I ask questions. I encourage discourse. I embrace silence. I believe meaning-making comes through a continuous cycle of speaking, listening, and reflecting and not always in that order. At the core of this is co-creating learning spaces with students are challenging and confronting conversations that exist beside vulnerability and compassion.

4. Tell us about your favorite teaching experience pre-TGS

A lot of my time teaching in the youth prison was spent getting to know students. We called that time Outreach. Outreach could be anything: playing board games, playing sports, making milkshakes, listening to music, painting, or braiding rattails. We put formal teaching aside to emphasize discovering who students are, where they come from, how they learn, what they’re interested in, and what their experiences in the world has been. Working for a school that prioritized developing relationships helped me realize learning can happen anywhere at any time and that education starts with who the student is and what they want to learn.

5. What is your most memorable travel experience thus far?

My first stay in an ashram. I ended up there because of a volunteer search for ‘yoga.’ I was fundamentally changed through practices of stillness and accepting that there is a connection between all living things. A lot of who I am now began there.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

Ready to embark on the educational journey of a lifetime?

A passion for travel. A strong academic record. And the desire to improve the world as you experience it. If this sounds like you, you just might be our ideal candidate! Start your application with a five-minute inquiry form - you never know where you might end up.

It all starts here.

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