Teacher Tuesday – Mr Ian Gross

Teacher Tuesday – Mr Ian Gross

The KIS community was delighted to welcome our new Principal and his family to the school last week. So who better to feature in the first Teacher Tuesday for the 2018-19 academic year?

How many years have you been in teaching and where have you taught?
I became a teacher nearly 25 years ago and during that time I have been fortunate enough to teach in the UK, Czech Republic, Argentina, Thailand, Egypt, Bahrain and now Sabah, Malaysia.

Why did you want a career in education and what do you teach?
I didn’t always want to be a teacher, I gravitated towards it through friends at the time, and with a degree in Biological Science the obvious choice was to be a science teacher; which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Why did you apply to become Principal of KIS as opposed to other schools?
I have been aware of KIS for many years now through FOBISIA and, having been in the Middle East for the past six years, we were looking to move back to Asia. The opportunity came along and I believe that things happen for a reason and here we are.

Describe your first impressions of KIS
My first impressions of KIS would have been from back in February when I came over for interview and I very quickly picked up on the warm and friendly environment. I particularly noticed a caring student centered approach, which is important not only to me as an educator but also my family. My daughters would be joining the school and I needed to be sure they would be happy, well taught and taken care of at KIS and I came away feeling that they would be.

What are you looking forward to most this academic year?
I am really looking forward to getting to know the KIS community. I am also looking forward to working with the school to support and lead its future development; to be the best it can be.

What are your short term and long term plans for the school?
My short term plans are to learn about KIS and what it does well and to see where we can improve. Together with the Board of Management, we can then look at our long term goals to ensure sustainability with excellence for our current and future students.

Who is your hero?
My wife Emma. She puts up with me and keeps me sane whilst looking after the family. I don’t know how she does it but glad she does!

If you could be a character from a book who would you be?
The librarian from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett would be fun, whilst a darker side of me would enjoy being Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde’s famous book.

What are you looking forward to doing in KK when you’re not working?
I am really looking forward to getting my head under the water and blowing bubbles in the sea. I enjoy diving and find it a great way to relax. Both our daughters want to learn to dive too, and it will be great to dive as a family.