I am happy to introduce myself. My name is Willow Mumford and am from Vancouver, Canada. This is my third year teaching at CDNIS. (see official bio below)
Most important things to know about me:
I love my family and friends. I love to travel and teach!
I believe that each student has their own unique gifts to offer the world and it is my job to help them reach their full potential.
I believe that we are a team. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any point.
Below is a fun video my teaching partner and I made with our students as part of our ‘How we express ourselves unit’. Enjoy! Please note some of the dancers were parents.
I completed a Bachelors Degree in History at the University of British Columbia. During which time, I taught English in Osaka, Japan. After a brief career as a Customs Inspector, I missed teaching and knew it was the career for me. I went back to U.B.C and earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Special Ed.. Upon graduation, I moved to Bangkok, where I taught grade six at T.C.I.S. I fell in love with Asia. Sadly, I needed to return to Canada, but I knew in my heart I would be back. I have spent the last thirteen years teaching a range of grade levels from grade three through to grade eight. For six of those years, I had the rewarding experience of working as a Learning Assistance/ Alternative Education Teacher at a First Nations school. I worked collaboratively with elders, students, and community members to develop an alternative education program, which honoured the community’s traditions. I also had the opportunity to act as a lead facilitator on a school-wide reform project based on visible learning strategies and received an award for emerging leader with passion and energy from the Whistler Forum for Leadership and Dialogue. In 2011, I moved back to Thailand, where I have spent the last four years teaching at KIS International School (Grades 3 & 5), an accredited IB school. There I discovered that inquiry based education was the right fit for me. It allows children to express their own unique gifts they offer the world and enables them to reach their full potential. I enjoy creating a positive learning environment, which fosters students’ love of learning and challenges them to reach further. I love teaching here at CDNIS, with its warm, supportive staff and parent community and AMAZING students.