【校长专访】深植中外教育精髓，培育未来国际英才——专访我校新任学术校长 Dr. Wilson
Dr. Wilson graduated from the world’s top university – University of Otago, New Zealand, with a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in electronics. and obtained a secondary school teaching certificate from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a New Zealand registered teacher and a Hong Kong-registered teacher. He has earned his Doctor in Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in the USA.
Dr. Wilson have more than 24 years of teaching and school management experience. He was a science and physics teacher at Roskill Grammar School in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1999. He moved to Hong Kong, China, where he worked for 18 years at the International Christian School. He came to Suqian, China in 2018 to the Peking University Experimental School in Suqian as the inaugural Head of School for the International Division. As a photographer, he has had his photos published in books, yearbooks, websites, and the South China Morning Post.
Dr. Wilson has long been committed to international public welfare and helping young people grow up. In New Zealand, Dr Wilson has worked many times with young people and people with disabilities, supporting them in their lives and providing opportunities for entertainment and communication. In Hong Kong, Dr. Wilson is also heavily involved in drama and music performances, training and leading students, giving them support and assistance in all aspects, and establishing deep friendships all over the world.
Dr. Wilson has rich experience in international school management and has a unique and profound understanding of Chinese and Western educational culture. Dr. Wilson thinks that education is a discipline that needs nurturing through a holistic approach where the focus is on developing the learner through learning experiences that inspire, create curiosity and passion for learning, and promote critical thinking. The teacher is a guide who leads the student on this journey, balancing content, experiences and activities to maximum effect.
He believes that there is great benefit in creating an Asian and Western integrated curriculum. We can take the best from each culture; the strength of disciplined and reflective learning styles from the Asian, and the Western education approach’s creative and critical thinking skills. This fusion creates an environment where the discipline needed to develop the foundations required to learn, and the reflective, creative and critical thinking skills to stimulate the thinking.
Learning, as Dr. Wilson argues, is both an adventure and a discipline that creates growth in the individual. It is critical to developing curiosity and passion in the students. These attributes are not taught; instead, they are caught from passionate and curious teachers who inspire the students to ask questions and investigate.
Key to this process is inquiry-based learning that provides a framework for teachers and students to develop their curiosity and passion for learning. As they practice learning through inquiry-based learning, they develop the skills needed to become natural lifelong learners who will grasp the world around them with a passion. The best education stimulates the students a desire to learn, and the core quality we should educate students in is curiosity.
Chinese students preparing to study abroad must develop their academic and informal English language skills, critical thinking skills and intercultural skills for the country of their choice.” As the Academic Principal of Joy International School, Dr. Wilson will lead the team together, provide students with opportunities to develop and practice these skills, and provide students with assistance in whole-person development so that students can be prepared for study abroad.
While expecting teachers to adhere to high academic standards, He will encourage the teachers to focus on the whole person to develop the needed practical, social and academic skills they will need to be successful throughout their lives. He believes an essential aspect of this requires a focus on developing language proficiency skills both in Mandarin and English. To create genuinely bilingual students who can think and communicate bilingually in Mandarin and English, both socially and academically.
Dr. Wilson also thinks persistence and resiliency are very important. There will be times when students feel lonely and overwhelmed, so they have to have ways to cope and surmount problems. Grades are only one part of the puzzle when applying to university. Universities consider the whole person to ensure that person will succeed during their time at the university. Similarly, emotional intelligence and maturity are also very important and surpass grades in importance as life goes on.