Shrewsbury welcomes the arrival of yet another Oxford graduate to the school, capping off a successful recruitment period. Mr Timothy Brown takes on English and ESL duties after a long career developing students' English language skills in general and through the IELTS test. Having visited Shrewsbury as an IELTS examiner, he is excited to take up his new role.
“I have conducted the IELTS exam here and was always impressed by the intelligence and eloquence of the students. It's one of the top schools in Bangkok, so when I saw the vacancy, I thought it would be good to apply - I am delighted to be here!” He enthused.
Mr Brown considers Bangkok ‘home’ after living here for eight years already. His career progression is impressive, beginning his journey in Japan teaching thousands of students in four Junior High Schools. From there, he has taught in Russia and Thailand.
“Upon returning to the UK, I taught Academic English at Leicester University when a colleague put me in touch with Chulalongkorn University, and they offered me a job, so I returned. Thailand is a wonderful place to live,” he said.
A keen opera singer, Mr Brown will surely be a valuable addition to the school choirs and other vocal groups.
“While I was in Russia I combined teaching English with studying for a music degree and performing in operas with some of the best in the world. My highlight would be singing in the 'The Barber of Seville' inside the Arctic Circle!”
Having spent many years learning opera, the 'performance' skills and confidence to engage students in the classroom are more effectively drawn upon.
“Every student is unique and needs different kinds of help in unlocking their potential. The non-teaching background actually helps me get the best out of my students. It is where I get a lot of my inspiration from.”
Despite no longer performing regularly, the classroom is where Mr Brown shines, and we are looking forward to hearing some very loud classes coming from Mr Brown’s room in the future!