Mission: The mission of STIS is to provide the best internationally based education to enhance the critical thinking and creative skills of our students. Our goal is to produce thinkers, not copiers; leaders, not followers; and creators, not imitators. We will achieve this through a ...
I worked at Surat Thani International School full-time (More than a year)
I feel extremely privileged to have taught at Surat Thani International School. When I first Skyped with Peter and I was told about the school I was so excited to be a part of something new. I started working at STIS the first year it opened. One of the things I love most about this school is the trust we receive. We are basically allowed to run the classroom however we see fit. We are expected to hit certain goals but as long as we achieve the goals it’s up to us how our classroom operates. If you have taught anywhere else you will know that this is pretty rare.
Another thing that is great about STIS is appreciation that we are shown. Peter takes care of his teachers. He puts on monthly parties where he pays for everything and the teachers can relax and catch up with each other. We had teacher appreciation week and every day Peter did something for us to show us he cared and appreciated our hard work. My personal favorite was chocolate Thursdays. He brings in chocolate or interesting candy he finds just to help us get though the week.
Another great thing about working at STIS is the amount of materials that are provided for each class. The first time I walked into my classroom I was shocked at all the materials that were provided for everyday use. We have a large amount of books, flashcards, educational games, puzzles, workbooks, art supplies, building blocks… I could go on and on. I feel lucky to be able to implement all of these things in my lesson plans and it’s great because my students never get bored of using the same things over and over again.
The students at STIS are amazing! They want to be there and are dedicated to their school work. It’s a great experience and I would definitely recommend teaching at STIS.
The only con I would say is that your holidays are different than the other Thai schools. I had friends that taught at different school in Surat, and when we tried to plan trips it was hard due to the different school breaks.
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