John joins the Raffles community from his native New England, USA. He is joined by his wife, Caroline, and two most excellent high school daughters, Lucy (16) and HannahJulia (14). John’s career in education has spanned 25+ years and has carried him and his family to Brazil, Qatar, Thailand and now, Malaysia. John earned his Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction: Arts Integration from Lesley University. He has taught nearly all elementary grades, (plus older students) but is most particular to first grade, cultivating a genuine love learning, growing and working together. Helping students develop grit, and adaptability, communication and problem solving skills is only one small part that keeps John coming back every day. And, when not in the classroom, check the tennis court or local bike routes!