My name is Stephen Calkins and I am from Portland, Oregon, USA. I am twenty eight years old and I am married. I am the new sixth, seventh, and eighth grades’ writing instructor. I have been teaching English for about four years or so now. I have travelled to many countries, but I enjoy living in Asia the most.
Relevant Qualifications/experience teaching:
I have bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Japanese from Portland State University and Hokkaido University. I also have a TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of another Language). I taught two years in South Korea teaching elementary students in the public school system. Then, one year of teaching in Cambodia previously at CIAPP as a fourth grade homeroom teacher. Lastly, and most recently, I taught one year in Japan teaching English to all ages at a private conversation school.
What do you enjoy about teaching at MIS?:
I enjoy teaching the older ages at MIS because I like the interaction I have with the advanced pupils. I enjoy guiding these students in their learning process and development into adults, and having a positive impact on them. I like to instill the attitude of continued learning throughout their lifetime not just in school, but in all aspects of life. Hopefully this creates the mindset of to never stop learning and never stop trying to better understand the world they live in. What motivates you as a teacher?:
I consider education is one of the most valuable things for humans to attain, not just children. The value of an education is priceless. I believe that knowledge is power. The more knowledge you accumulate the better you can navigate the world you live in and any difficult choices that may materialize in your personal life. Learning English gives students the ability to access much more information, ideas, and philosophies. I enjoy seeing the growth that education fosters in young learners and how it impacts them as they transition into adults and finally growing into contributing members of society.