Elizabeth Newman grew up in Cornwall, near Bodmin Moor. Her time studying the IB Diploma at Truro College inspired her to teach the IB programme, which she then pursued at Nottingham University and later attended the University of Oxford to complete her PGCE. Elizabeth taught in India prior to completing her PGCE and has been living in Oxford for the past five years working as a teacher of Secondary English and mentoring teachers in training. Following her desire to teach at an international school, Elizabeth sought a position at Bangkok Patana, having heard recommendations from friends. After looking further into the school, Elizabeth mentioned that what stood out to her most was our focus on well-being. Elizabeth says that Bangkok Patana has far exceeded her expectations and that she has been warmly welcomed by the community and her fantastic, engaged students.
Through teaching English, Elizabeth enjoys relating the text to real world issues and guiding her students to find ways that their individual experiences relate to the topics being discussed. The ‘whirlwind nature’ of teaching means that so much can be achieved in such little time; to keep up, she takes time to step back and reflect on her students’ progress. Throughout her first year here at Bangkok Patana, Elizabeth hopes to become more involved in the Bangkok Patana community and to get to know her students better. In her free time, Elizabeth loves reading, creative writing and exploring the city.