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Aug 2012Present

Teacher; Head of Science

Dalat International School


  • Rewrote Physical Science curriculum to focus on standardized test objectives (used to measure academic growth at Dalat.
  • Designed objectives and sequence for Dalat's Chemistry curriculum.
  • Presented seminar at ASCI's biannual conference in Chiang-Mai, Thailand (Nov. 22-24, 2012) on developing critical thinking in high school students through Socratic discussion about "evolution" in teaching science.
  • Established system for ordering materials and supplies.


  • 11th grade Chemistry
  • 9th grade Physical Science
Aug 2007Jul 2012

Science Teacher-Leader

Gyeonggi-Suwon International School


  • Invited presenter at Hong Kong’s 21st Century Learning conference (Sept. 17-19, 2009), demonstrating:
    • PBworks and CoveritLive (web-based teaching and collaboration tools)
    • Sandvox (Macintosh specific website building software)
  • Started Science Knights; GSIS's middle school science fair (2008-2012).
  • Co-founding teacher of Korean International School Science Olympics (2008-2012).
  • Teaching assignments:  
    • middle school mathematics (6 & 7)
    • middle school science (8)
    • high school biology, chemistry, environmental science, anatomy & physiology
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP):  Higher Level and Standard Level biology
  • Initial teacher in high school science department at opening of GSIS high school division (2007).
  • Coached middle school soccer (3 yrs)
  • IB-DP category 1 (2008) and 2 (2010) training
  • IB-DP internal assessment (IA) training (2009)
  • Scuba Diving license with Open Water Certification (2009)
  • American Red Cross certification as Shallow Water Attendant & First Aid (2009)
  • IB-MYP category 1 training (2007)
Aug 1998Jun 2007

Science Teacher

Toledo High School


  • Coached "Experiment Design" in Science Olympiad to 3 consecutive years of Washington state championship.
  • Developed building projects to apply learning, promote student engagement, teach practical skills, and produce opportunity for authentic assessment.
  • Designed science curriculum for grades 9 and 10 to meet new state guidelines.
  • Developed performance-based, authentic assessments to measure learning.
  • Selected by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s (FHCRC) extension training program to bring research and lab techniques to small rural high schools.
  • Coached:  girls soccer, Science OlympiadKnowledge Bowl.


Jan 1996Jul 1998


Western Washington University


  • Achieved master's degree in secondary education (4-12).
  • Earned Washington state teaching certificate.


  • Selected by faculty as convocation speaker for university wide graduation (August, 1998); theme, "We Will be the Responsible Generation."
  • Student taught in Abbotsford, BC, Canada while studying in Washington, USA. 
Sep 1992Apr 1994


Trinity Western University


  • Graduated with distinction.
  • Completed independent, senior, field research project contrasting reproductive strategies of freshwater mussels in local streams of British Columbia.
Aug 1985Apr 1990


University of Guelph


  • Before (and during) this degree Jay worked several times in East Africa with organizations promoting food security.
    • Sudan - Fellowship for African Relief (FAR); 1991
    • Sudan & Eritrea - with Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); 1990
    • Ethiopia - with Serving in Ministry (SIM); 1985, 1989

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