My life since I graduated from teacher training in 2002 has been an never ending adventure. I have lived in 4 different countries since then and have met the love of my life and we started our family. I wouldn't trade a moment of it, despite some of the difficulties I have faced.
First it was clear that getting a full time job in British Columbia was going to be a difficult task, so I packed up my bags and moved to Brooklyn, New York. Here I learned classroom management and basic lesson planning and organizational skills in a difficult inner city school called The School for Legal Studies. The experience was generally a good one, and the most serious issues in that school could have been fixed with better training for all of the people who worked there. Nearly everyone I worked with was dedicated to the success of the students, but not everyone had the tools to cope with the stress of the position.
One of the highlights of living in New York was meeting Vasilia, the woman I plan on spending the rest of my life with. She and I are a good match, since we complement each other's strengths well.
After three years there, I moved with my very new wife to London, England, and started a job in an international school called Southbank International School. During our first year in London, Vasilia and I both worked very hard and spent a lot of time getting to know each other better. We had to rush our wedding a bit because my visa to stay in the United States was about to... well anyway it's a long story.
We both really enjoyed our time together and I loved the school I worked at. However we found London to be a rather busy place, and very impersonal. We tried our best to have Londoners as friends, but it turned out that all of friendships ended up being with ex-pats or former ex-pats.
Our favorite moment in London was when our son Thanasi was born on September 11th, 2006. It is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life, it was amazing.
The big problem with living in London was the cost, and when my son was born, we were stuck for a year in London living off of a single income. I had to work extra hard and moonlight as a freelance web programmer in order to make ends meet. After a year of this, we had enough and packed our bags after I accepted a job in Thailand at Ruamrudee International School.
Thailand is a beautiful place to visit. It is warm all the time, and has gorgeous beaches and wonderful happy people. We met many very friendly people who have been very curious about our son. We went on quite a few trips in Thailand but unfortunately not as many as we would have liked.
During our first year in Thailand, I wrote a textbook for the International Baccalaureate Mathematical Studies course. Along with my co-author, Ron Carrell, I put many, many hours into the production of the textbook.
Two years ago I was busy with the website design business Vasilia and I started but have now ended. I also started my Master's degree in Educational Technology online through the University of British Columbia. That combined with side projects like writing articles for the Bangkok Post, an English language newspaper, kept me busy.
In June of 2009 we all moved to Canada. My wife and son are getting used to living in Canada for the first time and I'm enjoying being home. This past fall I started working at Stratford Hall, which is a great place to work at. I really like it, the students are easy to get along with, and the staff is motivated and talented. I'm now the learning specialist for information technology, which means that along side my reduced teaching load, I assist staff in using educational technology
Education, mathematics, technology, my family.
Instead of representation by population, we should have a system where each person is granted a weighted vote, the strength of which is determined by your participation in the Democracy. Think "representation by participation".
I sang for 8 years in various different choirs. I don't have an outstanding voice, but it's not bad. :)