After a career as a flute player, I trained as a teacher and taught Music in two comprehensive schools in Norfolk and London and then joined the Berlin Brandenburg International School in 2001 becoming curriculum coordinator for the IBO Middle Years Programme and then Middle School Principal. I then took on a position as Middle School Principal at St. John’s International School in Belgium between 2010-2013.
I am currently co-founder of Glacier Lake School in Montana, USA. It’s a school which focuses on Self-directed learning and democracy. I also co-founded Experience Academy Montana which runs summer camps.
I have been a key organiser of TedxKids Brussels for 2011 and 2012 and was a speaker at TedxBrussels in November 2012, the largest Tedx event in the world.
I believe that the school system prevalent in our world needs re-thinking quickly. We need to get away from the de-personalised and de-motivational system most children face and focus on curiosity, deep exploration and action within a framework which focuses on giving students the responsibility for learning based on their passions and interests.