What began as a year of service for Americorps Volunteer Program working in Groveland Elementary in 1997 (St. Paul, Minnesota), to support at-risk learners, has developed into a pathway through overseas university English departments and high school classrooms. Josh has taught ELL and DP English Courses, TOK, Academic Writing, English for Academic Purposes and is currently an English as an Additional Language Facilitator at the American School of Warsaw. The collaborative and reciprocal process of learning and teaching are foundational factors for his exploration of how learners understand and apply knowledge - language and communication are a key to this process.
Since a young age, Nickie has been inspired by science. For the past 10 years she has been inspiring young scientist in various schools around the globe. She has taught GCSE Science, MYP Science and DP Chemistry to students ranging from grade 6 to grade 12 at schools in Canada, England, China and currently Poland at the American School of Warsaw. Nickie has developed a passion for supporting the diverse learners in her classroom, with a particular interest in developing strategies to support the various language learners, as well as using the diversity of her students to enhance classroom learning.
Nickie and Josh have been co-teaching for the past 3 years. They have chatted through, coaxed out, ruminated over, and shared a variety of scaffolds (sentence frames, graphic vocab charts, glossaries, research-mini lessons, etc.) that have been effectively used in the science classroom and beyond.