Michael Quinlan, Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) - United States Embassy KL
I have a proven track record of good rapport with learners and teachers. Using relationship building, I plan to increase the numbers of students and teachers in Malaysia who are inspired to learn the English Language. Focused on infusing my passion for learning to kindle the zeal for learning in others.
The US Embassy KL (USEKL) has utilised my services for diverse groups of audiences. I have been performing workshops and training sessions for students and teachers alike.
At Brighton Education I was active in training English Language Trainers (mentors) and teachers in the nationwide MOE virtual learning environment in a cloud based platform known as FrogVLE. Led hands-on training seminars all over the state for the implementation of FrogVLE in English Classrooms. The platform improved students' fluency, listening and writing skills in a fun interactive digital medium. Trained mentors and teachers from 2 states to a guided discovery approach developed and refined from over 100 hours of classroom experience. It was an IT solution to help teachers to become more student centered and less reliant on chalk and talk in the 21st Century classroom.
I was the team leader of the UPSR Committee. I had to arrange routine meetings with parents and coordinate consultants to boost the school’s UPSR results. Coordinated efforts with the mandatory subjects teachers to run UPSR clinics for Years 5 & 6 during Saturdays. We managed to get a record number of ‘As’ in English for 2 years in a row.
As Head of the English Department, I coached 2 students to the Southern Thailand Regional Provinces competition in English Speech. One of the former students is now a lead English Teacher at that very same school. He has continued the practice of the first Inaugural English Day Celebration he participated in as a student. It is nice to see the joyful event I started still continues.
A Bachelor's degree in an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research, and that encourages the development of strong writing, research, and quantitative skills that give students the ability to identify the causes and consequences of human influence on the environment and to work toward sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems.