My name is Mark Jeffrey and I am a Grade 2 Primary School teacher. I have been working as a teacher for the past 8 years, with most of my experience being in upper primary until this year. I moved to Munich in 2012 and started work at the Bavarian International School, teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Grade 5. I am married to Katrina, who also works at the Bavarian International School as a Grade 1 teacher. Together we have a son, William, who is 5 years old and a daughter, Matilda, who is 1 year old.
So why teaching? Although cliched to say, it is the most rewarding and fulfilling job that I look forward to doing each day. Every day is different, and each year that goes by brings with it more knowledge, more memories, and more lives that I hope to have guided positively into the future. I give time to my students, listening to them, valuing their differences and interests. I believe the key to being a successful teacher is understanding your students and being able to connect with them. It’s about giving them time to grow into themselves, maintaining curiosity, talking with them and not at them. I feel it is important to be open and honest with students, not to treat them as just children but equals in learning. Students need a safe place to learn, and a place where they can ask questions without hesitation and worry, and this is my aim for every year.