Secondary teacher for Maths, Science, Computing
Damien Crossland has 18 years of teaching experience in the UK at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and A-level including Further Pure A-level Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status from 2005. Previously, Damien was Mathematics Lecturer for Key Stage 5 at a number of sixth-form colleges and was Deputy Head of Mathematics at The Stonehenge School. He is a National Teaching Awards nominee and a member of the British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics. Further, Damien runs the Twitter account DeadHardSums.
Damien holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree of science from the University of Liverpool’s School of Mathematics. Further, Damien is a Doctoral researcher currently reading for a PhD. In Mathematics Education Psychology at Loughborough University in the UK, which has recently been awarded ‘University of the Year’ at the 2020 WhatUniStudent Choice Awards. Damien is highly computer literate and has good knowledge of the Python computer language as well as qualitative data analysis software like Nvivo.
Damien loves kayaking, building and flying radio-controlled aircraft, woodturning and wooden model making, pencil drawing, Wing Chun kung fu and plays the guitar.
Secondary teacher for English, History, Human Geography
Kriss Cunningham joins us from the Baleares International College (BIC), where he was Head of EAL and teacher of English Literature, History, and Politics. At BIC, Kriss taught English Literature and History at Key Stage 3 and 4 level, and Politics at A-Level. Born in Scotland, he has been teaching IGCSE, A Level politics and Cambridge First for Schools English exams in international schools in China, the Netherlands and Spain for over six years.
Kriss spent two years teaching English at the Jiangsu College for International Education, Nanjing, and in Zhenjiang, China. Prior to that, he worked in the office of a US Congressman in Washington DC, USA. Kriss has a Master’s degree in International Relations & Politics from the University of Aberdeen, and a TKT Young Learners certificate from Cambridge Assessment.
Kriss enjoys art, history, and music and loves spending hours in museums, or listening to his vast collection of music. He has a passion for gardening and nature and spends lots of time in his garden growing a variety of different plants, fruits, and vegetables. He is fascinated by current affairs and world politics with a specific interest in Chinese politics and Asian studies.
Paula C. Escudero
Paula has a Master in Music Education from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague/The Netherlands, and a Bachelor degree in Music (double bass) from the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León. Further, she holds a Certificate in Early Music Education from the Instituto Gordon de Educación Musical.
Paula Escudero is a music teacher with experience teaching groups and individual students of different ages and levels. Paula joins us from the Rock’n’Roll Musikschule in Castrop Rauxel/Germany, where she worked as a music teacher. For four years, Paula has also been the education course director of European Intercultural Youth Orchestra BISYOC, Moor Park/UK. Before that, she worked on a music project in Mozambique. Paula has extensive work experience as a musician, including with AKO Orkest in The Netherlands, the International Regions Symphony Orchestra in Germany, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, and as part of the Duo Guitarra & Contrabajo.
Paula is committed to providing inspiring and creative music education for students to express themselves through music and enjoy playing and listening to music for their entire lives. She is interested in music education as a tool for social and community integration. Paula has recently collaborated with different social projects and has done my master thesis on music as a tool for social change.