QACI welcomed Mitchel Span (Mitch) to the Science Faculty this year, teaching Design Technology. We took the time to ask Mitch a few personal questions to learn more and introduce him to our valued QACI community. Here is what he had to say...
Can you please tell us about your previous teaching experience?
I've been teaching within the field of Design for over 12 years now. I've been privileged enough to spend six of those years abroad, including London and more recently United World College in the Netherlands. I have experience in teaching Graphics, Industrial Skills, Furnishing, Construction, Engineering and IB Design Technology.
What do you love about teaching?
I love facilitating creative thought and getting to work with students on all of their weird, wonderful and whacky QACI ideas. I love that my focus is engaging students that can problem solve for the 21st century! I advocate how much creativity, problem solving and innovation they will add to this ever-changing space! My mantra is giving my students opportunities to accept and engage education which includes; fostering and facilitating, developing students' resilience, risk-taking and acceptance of failure.
Can you give a brief summary of something you are passionate about and why?
Snowboarding, because I have always been in love with travel and board sports. I love the weather, the adrenalin rush, the sense of freedom and the immediate problem solving involved in staying up right. There is a sense of awe for the evolution of the board design and for the people responsible for it. I'll never forget introducing myself to a tree in the French Alps - worth every minute for that view!
What has been your QACI highlight so far?
I'm very proud to be a part of the QACI team and one of the many highlights so far would have to be the sense of community I feel. Once I had navigated 'the car park,' I instantly felt welcomed and connected. Waiting on my desk when I arrived was a personalised letter from the Student Directors with a warm welcome to the QACI flock.