Chris Holland

IMG_1333 September 1, 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for visiting my professional profile. I am an experienced Math, test prep and ESL teacher from Windsor, Canada who has been teaching in Asia for ten years. I recently completed the Secondary Math Teacher Certification Program through College of New Jersey’s Global Program at its Palma de Mallorca, Spain site, and my Master’s in International Education degree is in progress, due to be completed in August, 2014. I have an honours degree in Mechanical & Materials Engineering from the University of Windsor in Canada. I have experience teaching all ages and levels of students and currently seek a middle school or high school teaching position in mathematics.

This is my fifth year working for Young Hoon International Middle School as a Math teacher, Team Leader, and After-School ESL teacher. I recruited two-thirds of the foreign staff, and my colleagues and I have worked tremendously hard to develop a curriculum for both our regular classes and our elective after-school classes. I thrive in a fast-paced environment, and feel fortunate to be working with such a passionate, enthusiastic staff and such diligent, respectful students. I have considerable experience teaching test prep classes such as SAT, TOEFL, AP Calculus, and AP Physics, in addition to courses such as writing, grammar, classic novels, current events discussion and debate. I thoroughly enjoy teaching students of all ages and I think my diverse experience makes me a strong candidate for an international school. In addition to my teaching experience in Asia, I have two years of full-time engineering experience in the automotive industry, having been employed by Ford Motor Company and Intermag-Modelex Product Development Centre as a Co-op Engineer and weekend production supervisor. Throughout my career, I have often been complimented on my initiative, attention to detail, and technical writing skills.

My engineering background allows me to demonstrate clear connections of mathematical concepts to the real world. I like to engage my students’ attention by keeping classes active and by making the material relevant to the students. Making word problems about the students themselves is one way I try to accomplish this, and I often ask them to make funny word problems about their classmates as a culminating activity. Math made relevant can actually be fun for students – and for teachers, too!

Though I do thoroughly enjoy my current position, I would prefer to work in an internationally accredited school, and after nearly a decade in Korea, I am ready to explore life in another country. I am open to positions around the world, and I look forward to the challenge a new teaching position presents. I think it’s important to realize that there will always be much to learn to become a more effective teacher. I, too, have a lot to learn, but I also have a lot to offer.

Kind regards,

Chris Holland