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Work experience

Jan 2009Present

Rangitoto College

Teacher of Geography, Social Studies and Travel and Tourism

  • Developed innovative resources for Year 11 Geography
  • Co-ordinated field trips
  • Developed an interactive course of study for Year 12 Travel and Tourism
  • Teacher responsible for Year 12 Travel and Tourism
  • Coach of junior cricket team
Jul 2007Jul 2008

St Dominic’s International School, Lisbon, Portugal

Teacher of Geography and Humanities

  • Diploma Geography achieved highest IB grades since the subject was offered
  • Developed activities, tests and assignments to assess the level of achievement of the students in a variety of MYP humanities classes
  • Engaged students in both the standard and higher level in the IB Diploma Geography through a fieldwork and in-class programme
  • Co-ordinated a sports program for at risk students
  • Coach of the Touch Rugby Team
Aug 2003Jul 2007

Southbank International School, London, UK

Teacher of Geography and Humanities

  • Created an MYP assessment model which become the school standard
  • Introduced IB geography to the school for the first time.
  • Co-ordinated collaborative units of work involving up to 120 students across two campuses
  • Member of the information literacy committee creating policies and standards about plagiarism
  • Co-Head of the Humanities Department
  • MYP parents workshop leader
  • Head of year 8 co-coordinating collaborative units of work and a ‘discovery week’ to Venice
  • Paris  Model United Nations Advisor
  • Manager of the school ski/ snowboard team
May 2003Jul 2003

Institut le Rosey, Rolle, Switzerland

Teacher Geography and Humanities

  • Taught IGCSE Geography
  • Directed IB Diploma Geography students with their internal assessment fieldwork



Terry Hedger

'Joe is in every respect an excellent school teacher in that he works very hard, is conscientious, gets along very well with students, parents and the school's administration and is an international person who believes in the worth of education.Joe has a natural affinity with, and understanding of, the curriculum.He was the curriculum team leader for grade 8 and has organised several highly successful Discovery Week trips for the grade.In my opinion Joe is a very good professional teacher.’  

Terry Hedger 

Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones is a highly capable teacher of Geography having worked in both the UK and New Zealand.

Roger Latch

Roger Latch is an experienced Geography Teacher and will happily provide you with a reference.


Professional Development

2009   Participant in 'Thinking Skills' to improve student anayltical skills.

2006   IB Diploma Geography Conference, Athens

           MYP Humanities Teachers Conference, Lisbon

2004   MYP Humanities New Teachers Conference, Ljubljana

2002   Geographic Information Systems Course, Auckland

Professional Profile

  • Demonstrated consistent success as a Geography and Humanities Teacher at the middle and high school levels.
  • Experienced in developing Geography and Tourism programmes from their inception.
  • Extensive background of teaching courses to non native english speakers, special needs students, and those from ethnically diverse populations.
  • Effective and willing user of ITC.  Previous experience using interactive whiteboards and the use of a weblog to communicate to students and parents. 
  • Demonstrated flexibility in teaching in 4 different countries and with 4 different curriculums. 


2009   Developed an interactive course of study for Year 12 Travel and Tourism

2008   Diploma class gained the highest IB Geography results in St Dominic’s recent history.

2007  Introduced IB Geography to Southbank International School for the first time

2006  Created an assessment model that became the school standard

2005   Helped develop an information literacy program which created policies on plagiarism