Teacher Tuesday: Mr Frank Davis
With a wealth of experience Mr Davis joined KIS in August 2017 and is Head of Mathematics. Read more about what led him to become a Mathematics teacher in this week’s Teacher Tuesday:
How many years have you been teaching?
Let’s just say that the number is a multiple of 7, and the nearest prime number to it is 37!
When did you join KIS?
In August 2017
Use three words to describe your first impressions of KIS
Warm. Welcoming. Calm.
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
I have always had a real love for mathematics (and I mean always!). From an early age, it seemed odd that others didn’t share this enjoyment. I remember helping my sister (who is three years older than me) with trigonometry and being amazed that she didn’t really understand what was going on. After a bit of help she picked it up naturally and couldn’t understand why she had found it so difficult. From that moment on, I was hooked!
Why was joining KIS appealing?
KIS appealed for all sorts of reasons. My initial research indicated that this was a school old enough to be thought well-established, yet not so old as to be thought the finished article. It was clearly a school that valued the idea of community and family. It was a great size. All the initial communication was friendly yet purposeful and professional.
In addition, I have lived in Asia before, and have done a fair bit of travelling in the region (including a visit to Kota Kinabalu several years ago).
When the offer of a position came along, it didn’t take very long to accept it.
What is your favourite classroom resource and why?
I guess it has to be the interactive whiteboard. I spent the last five years in East Africa, where most days we were lucky to just have electricity, so having a resource like this is pure luxury.
Tell us a little known fact about you:
I played one full game for Barcelona in the Spanish Cup (just don’t tell anyone it was a game of cricket).
What is the best thing about being a teacher?
You never have the same day twice – not even remotely. Every day is fresh. However well-organised you might be, you still need to have your wits about you, to think on your feet. Every day there is an incredibly important job to do.
What are you looking forward to doing in KK when you’re not working?
Bird-watching, and later (when I bring my clubs here from Scotland) golf. Hopefully I can combine the two (think eagle, think albatross!)