Each year, the Messenger welcomes and introduces new teachers to our school community through short interviews. Today, we interviewed Mr Gardner, the new MYP coordinator and teacher of Geography and Philosophy. Read all about him below!
Tell us a little about yourself.
I have been teaching now for over 25 years and during this time have been grateful for opportunities to work overseas, including roles at international schools in the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and India. I became involved in the IB curriculum about 12 years ago, and have worked as MYP Coordinator within three different schools.
What made you come to Marymount?
There are many reasons why I came to Marymount. During my interview for the position, the passion of the school to embrace the philosophy and ethos of the IB curriculum was very clear, and it excited me to have the opportunity to work at a school where these values were very evident. The school community was also a key reason for me to come here, the welcome I received when I visited the school from students and staff made me feel part of the community straight away, and I could clearly see an atmosphere of openness and support in all areas of the school. The school environment is also a fantastic place to be, providing an inspiring place to work, collaborate and create.
What’s something you’re interested in that people wouldn’t guess about you?
An area I am very interested in is the heritage industry and how this industry has the power to create, reinforce or question particular perspectives or stories from the past. I spent some time over the last year volunteering with a new museum in Rochdale to develop ideas for exhibitions, learning programmes and on-line virtual exhibition spaces to share stories of underrepresent groups within the fire services and encourage diversity in their audiences. I am currently enjoying exploring the many museums and galleries that London has to offer, looking at the collections, information and stories they present, and how creativity and technology are used within the design of their exhibitions.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I really enjoy experiencing live entertainment and regularly go to the theatre and concerts. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the recent Paralympics Homecoming event at Wembley Arena, which was a really inspiring, engaging and emotive experience and a great way to welcome home our paralympions from Tokyo to celebrate their successes.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Optimistic, open-minded, inquisitive.
What are you most looking forward to about being here?
I am looking forward to finding out more about the school and the people within it, and working with the whole school community to continue to build our success with the Middle Years Programme.
Thank you for your amazing answers, Mr Gardner, and we hope you have a just as amazing time at Marymount!