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Tom Wilde knew he wanted to be teacher after spending a year as a volunteer in a crowded local school in Tanzania, teaching classes of 50 or more children with only a handful of old books. Having graduated from Oxford University in Modern History and English, Tom trained to be a teacher under the guidance of writer and poet John Foster. After a couple of years teaching in a UK state school, Tom returned to Tanzania and began his international teaching career. While in East Africa he climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya and travelled the region with the help of an old Land Rover, two donkeys, and a borrowed mountain bike.

The next ten years were spent in the tiny country of Qatar, where Tom became a Head of Key Stage and developed his leadership skills, before coming to the much larger country of Kazakhstan! After three years as Deputy Headmaster at Haileybury Almaty, Tom successfully completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) in the UK, and joined KIS in autumn 2017 as principal for the new KIS campus.

Tom has now lived in Almaty for four years. He loves Kazakhstan, with its four-season climate, beautiful mountains and lakes, and welcoming, friendly people. Tom enjoys hiking and biking in the mountains whenever he has the chance, and looks forward to discovering more of Central Asia – preferably on a bicycle.