About the Principal - Anna Williams
Sain Baina uu. My name is Anna Williams and it is my great pleasure to be the inaugural Principal of British School Ulaanbaatar. I am very much looking forward to the challenge of opening this school and establishing it as the predominant faculty of Western education in Mongolia.
Originally from Lumsden, New Zealand, I studied teaching at the Dunedin College of Education. From there I taught at many schools around New Zealand before moving abroad to Korea where I helped to open two language schools. It gave me great insight into the Asian value on learning strategies as well as a new perspective on education in a cultural setting.
From Korea, I was given the opportunity to work in Qatar in the Middle East at Al Rafaa Independent School for Girls and the Newton community of schools. Working in this multi cultural environment has helped me to understand the true nature of a global international system in which students work together to achieve the common goal of excellence in their study. During that time, I have undertaken many different roles at the schools at which I have worked. Some of these titles include Early Years teacher and coordinator, Year 5 and Key Stage 2 coordinator, NQT mentor, Year 12 tutor, Head of Primary, Deputy Head of Pastoral and Principal. I try to be involved in all facets of the school. This gives me not only a well rounded understanding of the mechanics of the educational system but also allows me to understand the personality of the school.
I have also been fortunate to work with many fantastic stakeholders from all strands of the school’s community, from students and teachers to parents and government officials. I find that all parties have unique qualities that contribute to the success of a school and I look forward to talking with and sharing ideas with all parties to ensure the success of BSU as the perennial international school in Mongolia.
About the Deputy Principal - Ms. Otgontugs Luvsantseren
I’m an economist and graduated from a Hungarian university.
I worked for the Mongolian Stock exchange as a Head of Training Sector for 1991-1993, Junior Achievement/Mongolia (NGO) as an Executive Director for 1997-2002 Peace Corps/Mongolia as a program manager for Community and Economic Development project for 2002-2004. I have broad experiences in all aspects of organizational management of NGO as well as business education program management. Also, I have had experience in working in the school as Director for Student Services. Although I’m an economist by profession, over the years, I have gained a broad experience in the education field. I am married and have two daughters. In my spare time I like to travel, read books and play ping-pong.
I look forward to working with all of you as a team.
About the Primary Coordinator - Hannah Gettel
I obtained my BSc (Hons) degree in Information Communication Technology with Secondary Education QTS from Edge Hill University in the UK. Prior to moving to Mongolia I taught ICT at an all-boys academy in the UK where I taught OCR Nationals at Key Stage 3 and 4 as well as the new GCSE syllabus. I am enthusiastic, motivated and always up for a challenge.
I am looking forward to the challenge of being both the whole school ICT teacher and Key Stage 2 Coordinator at BSU. I am very much looking forward to exploring Mongolia and getting to know the people and the culture.
About the Secondary Coordinator and Science Teacher David Aitchison
I graduated from University of Northumbria with a BSc(Hons) Environmental Protection Science. I later completed a School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in Applied Science to achieve QTS, as well as PGCE in Applied Science from Leeds University. I have always had a passion for science, the environment and the world around us. I enjoy bringing this into my lessons to make my students aware that science exists beyond the boundaries of the classroom and encompasses their everyday lives. As a strong believer in lifelong learning, I encourage my students to realize that learning isn’t just something that happens in school hours, but something that happens all around them every day and that they should be using every opportunity to better themselves and learn more about the world around them. “Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science” Ralph Waldo Emerson
About the EAL Coordinator - Judy Lai
My name is Judy Lai and I am very honoured to be a part of the British School of Ulaanbaatar, as the EAL Coordinator. I bring both enthusiasm and passion to the teaching team and learners of BSU.
I have over thirteen years of experience teaching English as an Additional Language across the globe, including countries such as Malaysia, Brunei, Ethiopia, Qatar and India. I believe very much in a learner-centred environment which fosters independence, developing trust and mutual respect, therefore allowing learners to express themselves fully. I believe in equipping learners with the necessary tools and strategies to give them the opportunity to learn the best they can and face challenges whether in academic, social or behavioural with the support, praise and encouragement provided by their immediate environment.
Apart from teaching, my passions include travelling, photography, scuba diving and reading.
Athletic Director-Lee Jones
I completed my BSc in Sport, Health and Physical Education at the University of Wales, Bangor in 2004, and went on to complete my PGCE in Physical Education the following year. After completing my training I taught for 5 years at a school in Essex, before moving to Kenya for 2 years. I decided to move to Mongolia, as I had a real interest in working in a new school, but also wanted to work in a country that was developing as quickly as Mongolia is. I relished the idea of working and travelling in such a diverse country, with its rich history and culture. I have a genuine love of all sports, including team games and individual sports. Other activities I enjoy include outdoor pursuits, martial arts and reading
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