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Florence Priya
Alexander
July, 1969
Bio: 
Florence Priya Alexander educated in India with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and General Science and Master’s Degree in English Literature with 18 years’ experience in teaching. Educated in a private Christian Co-educational School and completed my senior secondary certificate in the year 1987 from Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. After high school, I had a choice between medical school and a teaching degree. I had many opportunities to explore a medical field vs. the teaching field as my grandmother was a nurse superintendent and my mother was a high school teacher. As a student I had a good understand of Biology, so I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Science (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry) completing my Bachelor of Education in Biology and General Science and also Masters of Arts. After completing my studies, I started working for a Catholic school (St Paul’s Secondary School). I first started teaching grade 1 and 2 and as my confidence built the Principal asked me to teach grade 6-8 geography and progressed to grade 6-8 science and grade 9, 10 biology and geography. I met all expectations of the Principal who believed in me and my capabilities as a teacher and gave me opportunities to succeed. In the year 2001, I was promoted to staff supervisor and examination coordinator. As the years went by, I set a higher goal for myself to pursue a teaching opportunities abroad. I knew an opportunity like that would help develop new skills and take my teaching career to the next level. In the year 2007, I accepted an opportunity to teach in Gandhi Memorial International School in Indonesia. I have been living aboard for seven years now, and have been exposed to learning new teaching methods and new cultures while sharing my own experiences and culture with students because I feel diversity brings our students closer globally. I have modified to deliver lessons in different curriculum standards like the Central Board of Secondary Education New Delhi, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) from University of Cambridge International Examinations. I am easily adaptable to new environments, teaching methods and can quickly adjust to a different life style. When I first came to Indonesia, language was the biggest curve. I quickly self taught myself “Bahasa Indonesia” which is the local language and since been able to integrated into a new community and way of life. I have made new friends and enjoy the local culture and customs. In terms of teaching it was a new curriculum to teach and learn. I taught myself the Middle Years Programme (MYP) when I received my assignment with Gandhi Memorial International School as MYP Science teacher. I learned to make Unit Planners and assignments which were students centered and activity based. I consider teaching to be my life calling than just a job. I have always been passionate and committed to my work. I seek to motivate my students to approach the subject with zeal, and develop curiosity and interest for the subject. My teaching style is targeted towards facilitating maximum learning among diverse students which enables them to become lifelong learners. Fearlessness, ability to ask questions, and honesty in work are few virtues which I always aspire to cultivate among my students. My philosophy as a teacher is developing life-long learners and effective, productive people who have the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Thus, my role as teacher has changed from instructor to mentor and/or coach. My goal is to teach students how to think, rather than what to think. With that in mind, my focus is to work with students with analyses, evaluation, and developing their own interpretations of the world around them. There are always new horizons in teaching. I find it fascinating that teaching can stay fresh – you are always learning, always building on what you know. My latest thing is connecting to TED and trying new methods of teaching. I try to integrate TED videos in my lessons to help students learn in a new way. I also integrate current events and environment changes to have them think of science in today’s world. My years of teaching experience have prepared me well to adapt to new environments, new teaching methods and vast cultures. There are many differences, but I believe that we all share the same values of making a difference which starts with are young students. If you asked my students what they take away from my class, they would say “thank you for believing in us and encouraging us to our full potential.” I am self-motivated, open minded and a team player. In the next phase of my career, I would like the opportunity to successfully use what I have learned and grow by furthering my education so that I can take my career to a new level. The opportunity to attend an American University and obtain my Masters of Education is my next goal. I believe this will help me in improving my knowledge about adolescent teaching and new learning strategies for the 21st century as an educator and evolve as the teaching reaches new heights in today’s world.
Volunteering Experience: 
I do not have any previous volunteering experience.
Education: 
M.A English Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education
Occupation: 
Teacher
Florence Priya Alexander
Kota Rajasthan
India
July, 1969
Description
Florence Priya Alexander educated in India with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and General Science and Master’s Degree in English Literature with 18 years’ experience in teaching. Educated in a private Christian Co-educational School and completed my senior secondary certificate in the year 1987 from Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi. After high school, I had a choice between medical school and a teaching degree. I had many opportunities to explore a medical field vs. the teaching field as my grandmother was a nurse superintendent and my mother was a high school teacher.
As a student I had a good understand of Biology, so I pursued my Bachelor’s degree in Science (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry) completing my Bachelor of Education in Biology and General Science and also Masters of Arts.
After completing my studies, I started working for a Catholic school (St Paul’s Secondary School). I first started teaching grade 1 and 2 and as my confidence built the Principal asked me to teach grade 6-8 geography and progressed to grade 6-8 science and grade 9, 10 biology and geography. I met all expectations of the Principal who believed in me and my capabilities as a teacher and gave me opportunities to succeed. In the year 2001, I was promoted to staff supervisor and examination coordinator. As the years went by, I set a higher goal for myself to pursue a teaching opportunities abroad. I knew an opportunity like that would help develop new skills and take my teaching career to the next level. In the year 2007, I accepted an opportunity to teach in Gandhi Memorial International School in Indonesia.
I have been living aboard for seven years now, and have been exposed to learning new teaching methods and new cultures while sharing my own experiences and culture with students because I feel diversity brings our students closer globally. I have modified to deliver lessons in different curriculum standards like the Central Board of Secondary Education New Delhi, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) from University of Cambridge International Examinations.

I am easily adaptable to new environments, teaching methods and can quickly adjust to a different life style. When I first came to Indonesia, language was the biggest curve. I quickly self taught myself “Bahasa Indonesia” which is the local language and since been able to integrated into a new community and way of life. I have made new friends and enjoy the local culture and customs.

In terms of teaching it was a new curriculum to teach and learn. I taught myself the Middle Years Programme (MYP) when I received my assignment with Gandhi Memorial International School as MYP Science teacher. I learned to make Unit Planners and assignments which were students centered and activity based.

I consider teaching to be my life calling than just a job. I have always been passionate and committed to my work. I seek to motivate my students to approach the subject with zeal, and develop curiosity and interest for the subject. My teaching style is targeted towards facilitating maximum learning among diverse students which enables them to become lifelong learners. Fearlessness, ability to ask questions, and honesty in work are few virtues which I always aspire to cultivate among my students.
My philosophy as a teacher is developing life-long learners and effective, productive people who have the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century. Thus, my role as teacher has changed from instructor to mentor and/or coach. My goal is to teach students how to think, rather than what to think. With that in mind, my focus is to work with students with analyses, evaluation, and developing their own interpretations of the world around them.
There are always new horizons in teaching. I find it fascinating that teaching can stay fresh – you are always learning, always building on what you know. My latest thing is connecting to TED and trying new methods of teaching. I try to integrate TED videos in my lessons to help students learn in a new way. I also integrate current events and environment changes to have them think of science in today’s world.
My years of teaching experience have prepared me well to adapt to new environments, new teaching methods and vast cultures. There are many differences, but I believe that we all share the same values of making a difference which starts with are young students. If you asked my students what they take away from my class, they would say “thank you for believing in us and encouraging us to our full potential.” I am self-motivated, open minded and a team player.

In the next phase of my career, I would like the opportunity to successfully use what I have learned and grow by furthering my education so that I can take my career to a new level. The opportunity to attend an American University and obtain my Masters of Education is my next goal. I believe this will help me in improving my knowledge about adolescent teaching and new learning strategies for the 21st century as an educator and evolve as the teaching reaches new heights in today’s world.


Volunteering Experience
I do not have any previous volunteering experience.
Education
M.A English Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education
Occupation
Teacher
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