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Cortney is an American Secondary English teacher from Texas. She was born and raised in a small town of about 20,000 people, and never dreamed that her career and life path would take her to international teaching.

After receiving a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Arts and Tech, Cortney moved abroad to teach English in Japan. Upon returning to the states, she began a career path in business and finance while earning an M.A. in International Management Studies with a focus on non-profit management and sustainable community development. While transitioning to community development roles, Cortney realised she was still happiest in the classroom. She moved to Colorado and received a teaching license in Secondary English education, as well as an M.A. in Teaching Leadership with a focus on induction programs in international schools.

Cortney now has almost nine years of teaching experience, eight of which have been international. In addition to Japan, she has worked in Tirana, Albania, Vientiane, Laos, and most recently, Stockholm, Sweden. In Sweden she served for four years as the English A Language and Literature teacher on the Diploma Programme, as well as the pre-IB grade 10 preparatory teacher. This role has allowed her to see the importance of long term planning and scaffolding for student success. All of her teaching roles have required knowledge and support of English language learning needs, and she is consistently amazed at the tenacity and motivation of students as they tackle learning to speak, read, and write in a new language. 

Cortney believes strongly that education, and access to it, can and does change the world for the better. Enabling students to discover their own talents, interests, and skills in the classroom is the responsibility of teaching, and creating a supportive, orderly environment is the foundation of that responsibility. The IB philosophy and curriculum provides the type of creative space necessary for students to become independent, lifelong learners. Cortney is happy to contribute  to KIS and to grow and learn from the KIS community in the process.