THINK Global School

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Matt Rogers

CM2 Onsite Administrator

1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and what were you doing before arriving at THINK Global School? (Chance to discuss schooling background and previous work experience)

Hello! I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, USA and got my film production and political science degrees at Chapman University in southern California in 2014. After studying abroad with Semester at Sea and graduating from university, I produced a few social issue documentaries in the US and abroad. I dabbled in a few media-related jobs in state government and health care and I taught music at a couple high schools.

Immediately before joining TGS, I worked in Morocco for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I implemented several programs in life skills, music, project design, community analysis, and digital storytelling. I’m excited to bring the things I learned in multimedia, youth development, class instruction, and program administration to the cross-cultural environment of TGS.

2. What do you love most about teaching?

I love the moment when a student’s eyes light up in understanding, often accompanied by an exclamatory “oh!”. It shows that they have made the necessary connections among sometimes complex and diverse concepts in order to begin developing their own ideas.

3. If you could make one major change to global education, what would it be?

I strongly believe media and technical literacy—accessing, analyzing, and creating digital media in particular—should be integrated into all subjects in academic environments. This is especially important because we live in an increasingly globalized world that is itself a product of the technology it creates. Because technology will never go away, media and technical literacy are critical in navigating the world around us.

4. Which of our core values do you feel you most embody, and why?

I feel I embody 求知欲 Qiú Zhi Yù (thirst for knowledge) most. With my background in documentary filmmaking, I’ve had a long history of wanting to learn more about all sorts of topics – homelessness, unemployment, discriminatory policies, and more. My thirst for knowledge extends through all parts of my life as well. I tend to avoid having firm opinions without appropriate research and understanding, and I strive to remain open and attentive to opinions that don’t coincide with mine. My life experience becomes richer in that way.

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

I spent the summer of 2016 teaching percussion to high school and university students in a drum and bugle corps. We spent the first part of the summer rehearsing daily for 12 hours, and then we embarked on a two-month long national tour to compete against other groups. That summer was a master class in leadership of young people: I developed instructional strategies, planned rehearsal objectives, and managed conflict. It was a challenging, rewarding summer in which I saw enormous improvement among my group of 15 students in both their musicianship and their personal development.

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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