Martin Gadgil – Chemistry Teacher


“You get a sense of how the school is going to be by the people you meet in the initial processes, and that has proven to be true…”

Martin Gadgil, our Chemistry teacher, hails from New Zealand but lived in London working and teaching.

“I lived in London for a long-time and saw teaching as a transferable skill, so I decided it was time to live somewhere different. I’d been to Thailand a few times and was looking for a warm climate. Its nice to try something new and its halfway to New Zealand, so cutting my travel time down a bit! I was looking at the best schools in Thailand and Bangkok Patana came up. It was very similar in the kind of ethos in the place I had been working before. My previous school had a real atmosphere of professionalism and I’ve gotten that vibe here. Everything here gives a sense of how the school is going to be by the people you meet in the initial processes, and that has proven to be true.”

“The way the school runs is quite similar to my old school. However, it is a much larger school than I have worked at before, so I have made some adjustments. I personally think that developing relationships with students and ensuring that they trust that you are giving them the correct information is a really important part of teaching. Do what you say what you are going to do when you say when you are going to do it. The battle is really making sure they are engaged and learning and absorbing the information I am giving them.”

“I really like writing electronic music and enjoy listening to it a lot. I’m also learning how to play the drums. I used to be a sound technician, that’s what took me to the UK in the first place. You can find my name in the credits (a long way down) for an album by the American hard rock band Tesla. We had quite a few famous people in the studio as well, such as Bono, Naomi Campbell etc. I actually met David Bowie when I worked in a restaurant around the corner from the studio!”