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Mr Richard Phipps-Brown holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, which is now the University of Gloucestershire.

After four years teaching in two Elementary schools in London, one in Somers Town and the other in South Woodford, Richard took his first steps into teaching internationally. He worked in Georgetown, Guyana (through Voluntary Services Overseas) as a Science Specialist for three state elementary schools. These schools were part of a national government backed scheme called the Magnet Schools Project. This project tried to heighten the teaching standards of these schools and Richard focussed on doing model lessons and teacher professional development. He focussed on supporting teachers’ to create lessons that were more vibrant and interactive for the students, rather than teaching from a text book.

After this Richard took his first steps into the PYP, way back in 2001, when he joined an International School in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. After four years there Richard moved to South America where he worked in Bogota, Colombia, as the PYP Coordinator and then as a Grade 3 teacher in Mexico.

Following this Richard embarked on his teaching journey in Asia where he has worked at an International School in Singapore for 12 years. During his time there Richard taught in Grades 4 and 5 and has taken on roles as SRC, Mathematics and Science coordinators at the school. For extra-curricular activities Richard has helped run such clubs as Debating, Bridge, Kids in the Kitchen, media and drama for elementary students. After Singapore Mr. Richard then taught as a Grade 5 teacher at a school in China where he also supported the start of their Student Representative Council.

In his words, “I see each student in my class as an individual who has their own beliefs, ideas and feelings. I feel that it is important as their teacher to promote a positive environment in which they can express themselves and be given the confidence to grow. I am very proud to be a class teacher at K.I.S. and to have the responsibility to guide and facilitate my students. I am very excited to be continuing my own educational journey at K.I.S. too” Richard’s favourite saying is from Albert Einstein which is ‘You never fail until you stop trying’. He really appreciates this saying as it encompasses the type of learning environment that he desires for his students in which they will always be encouraged to have a go and keep on trying even when faced with challenges.