Head Teacher

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Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year. And thank you all for welcoming me to this amazing community. I first "discovered" Boracay while on holiday in October, 2012, and made it my personal and professional mission to work at Boracay European International School. I am very proud to have been chosen as the Head of School for this school year.

As a brief introduction, I have been in education for 13 years. I spent most of those years teaching humanities at integrated K-8 schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, USA. For several years I worked with the Pearson Foundation and the National Education Association, traveling throughout the USA helping students and teachers understand how to bring technology into the classroom to enhance student learning. I am very proud of the internship programs I created with educational travel company EF (Education First) in Boston, Massachusetts, helping high school students learn more about their proposed career choice before applying to university. Most recently, I was the assistant principal supervising the curriculum and instruction of 500 students at an American international school in Vietnam.

The history of this school is nothing short of impressive: concerned parents and community members building a school from the ground up to meet the needs of students living in Boracay. The big picture of this community project is truly inspiring. I hope this school year will bring some focus to the details of education at BEIS. It is my goal to balance prescribed standards of learning and assessment with the more organic philosophies of the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Program. I believe it is important that students learn to be original, critical thinkers who can problem solve in what is now truly an international learning community. I also recognize the importance of understanding specified, standardized content in order to demonstrate mastery for high school and university admission. In short, I want all our community members to benefit from the best practices in education, no matter the source.

I hope that students, parents and staff enjoy the coming school year. Communication and participation are my guiding principles. I hope that with improved communication through technology, teachers and parents can share their ideas on issues that concern our school. 

The school office is always open to any of your inquiries or concerns. You may reach me any time through email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I will be more than happy to address any of your queries.

 

Mathew Watkins

Head of School

 

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