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About Me

IMAGINATION, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION

 

 

I am an internationally-minded and visionary educator with over fifteen years of experience in IBO World and British International Schools in Thailand and Singapore. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in a position to inspire a passion for innovation and creativity in young people and I draw enormous satisfaction sharing my expertise and skills with others. I thrive in school communities where personalised learning and creativity are nurtured and where I can work alongside others who share the same excitement for learning. This portfolio presents a selection of my work in schools and documents initiatives I have introduced that empower student agency, creativity and expression.

 

Technology Integration and Media Literacy Specialist

 

I have worked as a technology integration and media specialist for the past decade in a variety of international contexts. I strongly believe in the capacity for technology to amplify great teaching and prepare students as dynamic learners in a constantly changing world. I bring practical classroom knowledge, but also carefully consider the talents and experiences of the team I am working with and the potential to make connections through learning goals. I ensure that a specific pedagogical approach and conceptual understanding drive the use of technology, as opposed to an emphasis on digital tools. I believe we must teach students to be both critical consumers and authors of multimedia content so that they can make informed decisions about their lives and be productive members of society.

 

Across Asia Youth Film Festival

 

In 2016 I founded the Across Asia Youth Film Festival at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore to celebrate creativity and risk taking through independent filmmaking. The festival has become a major international event for student filmmakers in the region and has so far attracted over 1000 submissions from 80 schools from fourteen Asian countries. The festival’s industry day, introduced in the second edition gave shortlisted filmmakers a chance to attend behind the scenes workshops hosted by Industrial, Light & Magic, Disney, Mediacorp and HBO. After Singapore and Vietnam, the fourth edition of the festival #AAYFF2020 will be hosted from Hong Kong later this year.

To find out more about visit the official website here.

Appearing on the red carpet of the second edition of the AAYFF. The HBO TV Spot was broadcast across Asia following the event.

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker

 

As an active filmmaker and award-winning photographer, I have a particular interest in celebrating human values and culture through my work. I draw on these skills in the classroom and in doing so, I am able to bridge the critical space between the classroom and professional practices, which has proved highly effective in terms of teaching and learning. I am also regularly commissioned by schools and organisations to produce films and photographs for publicity and editorial campaigns. My personal work has been published in a host of magazines, as well as used for advertising, television and theatre. In 2017, I  won the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain with my portrait of ‘Samuel as Margaret’ which was exhibited on JCDecaux screens throughout the United Kingdom to an estimated 30 million people.

 

My photography portfolio can be viewed here.

Other interests

 

In my spare time, I enjoy cinema, listening to music, playing the bass and guitar and collecting old records. I am also currently learning to play the violin with my daughter. As a regular cinema goer, I follow film though podcasts, magazine subscriptions and I attend regular film-related conferences, courses and workshops. I like to get involved in independent filmmaking projects and enjoy furthering my photography skills through traditional darkroom and digital practices. I am also a keen runner and cyclist.

I am married to Juthamas, a financial controller from Bangkok and we have an eight-year-old daughter.

With family, Hua Hin.

Studio set up for a photography session for Year 4 Magic day!

Prize-giving at the inaugural Across Asia Youth Film Festival with Tom Batchelor, GM Disney Studios SE Asia, Steve Burton Executive Vice President HBO, and CheeK, Chief Content Officer, Mediacorp.

Narrative Filmmaking workshop at the Fobisia technology conference (FOBIT), Harrow School 2018.

Cast and crew at the premiere of ROBOT a school based film produced by Grade 5 students at KIS International School, Bangkok.

A selection of student films created in after school film club.

Award winning photography.

``...a combination of playfulness and seriousness represents the ideal mental attitude of the artist: teaching is an art, therefore the teacher is an artist and the ideal mental attitude of the teacher to his or work combines the playful and the serious.``
John Dewey