THINK Global School

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Rowena Speed

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 from Te-Ika-a-Maui, AKA the North Island of New Zealand. There’s is no better place to live on earth, in my opinion. Before TGS, I trained and worked as a physiotherapist (physical therapist for the North Americans) in hospitals and clinics in New Zealand and Australia, followed by high school teaching biology, general science and physical education.

2. What do you love most about teaching?

Getting to know individuals and what helps them grow. Helping them to reflect, experiment, and learn what works for them.

3. What aspects of THINK Global School’s educational model do you find most appealing?

The choice and voice students have in their work and how empowered they are to lead and help others grow.

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

Change the way higher-education organisations assess prospective students and create a system for on-the-job-learning to be recognised e.g. micro-credentialing. I believe this would contribute to solving some of the root causes of standardised assessment in schools.

5. Describe your teaching style or philosophy. 

I really try to empathize with my students when structuring learning. What does their whole day/ week/ term look like? How might I feel if I were in their shoes? How might I push each student just the right amount to promote learning? What questions might I ask in order to do this?

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

Empathy- although it may not always show, I’m always trying to put myself in others shoes.

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

Living for two months on a beach in Sri Lanka, surfing every day, learning not to take myself and life too seriously, living a simple life and making amazing friendships.

8. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

I would love to spend at least a month of winter close to the polar circle spending time photographing the northern lights and cross-country skiing/ice skating — two sports I’m yet to try properly.
 

9. What is your favorite book, and why?

Papillion. An amazing adventure story and insight into the human condition.
 

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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