What do you like most about your country?
It’s mountains and the water! Although I’ve never seen the biggest mountains out west, I’ve been to smaller ones in Ontario and Quebec. I also love being around and on the water- lakes or oceans!
If you would recommend one place for a tourist to visit in your country, where would that be?
Niagara Falls. It’s a breathtaking view in the day and at night as they have fireworks with a light show. You can take a boat that goes into the falls (but not under) and there are guided tours that go behind the falls so you can see and hear the power.
Were you an A student?
Yes – We have a much different grading system though.
What was your dream job when you were a youngster?
I didn’t have one. I thought of many different things but it always switched. I’m interested in learning new things all of the time so I think it’ll be hard for me to have just one job in my lifetime.
When you have one day off at home, how would you spend it?
If I’m at home, I’m with all of my friends as well. I love hosting and having people over. My favorite thing to do is play traditional board games like Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, and Clue to name a few. Charades is by far my favorite game though.
How would you network and meet new friends in a new country?
I would look for activities that I’m interested in or enjoy. For example, I would look for a fotboll league or basketball league. I would also talk to people and ask them questions. After talking to someone for a few minutes, I think it’s a good indication of whether or not you’d get along.
How would you describe Lund in three words?
Inviting, peaceful, historic
How would you describe Sweden in one word?
What is your role at the IESL?
I am the P.E teacher
What made you decide to join IESL?
Mr Olsson. At this time last year I was set on moving to Australia. We had a job fair at our school and I went to as many presentations about Australia as possible. There was one time slot where there were no Australian presentations and my friend asked me if I wanted to go with him to check out a Sweden presentation- that’s when I met Mr Olsson. He gave a presentation where I had an opportunity to ask him several questions followed by an interview. He was able to persuade me to apply by talking about the staff, the students and the culture. I was very happy to find out that I’d be able to work for him in Lund versus the other IES schools.
What did you do before you started at IESL?
I was a full-time student in teachers college and I was a part-time bartender at a restaurant chain called JackAstors. I also drove a zamboni on the weekends at our universities arena.
What are your challenges at IESL?
My biggest challenges were at the beginning of the year when we were learning how to grade. It is a completely different system where your grade is only as strong as your weakest mark whereas in Canada, it’s based on an average. Luckily, we have an excellent academic coordinator here who was able to help us understand the big picture and I feel much more confident with the system now.
Do you have any clear visions you would like to achieve?
I want every student to be a critical thinker. I think it’s important that students ask questions, challenge ideas and show an interest in learning. I love collaborating with students and hearing new ideas and strategies that could be implemented. So far, my favorite idea from a student this year was having me do push-ups whenever the class can work together in a specific amount of time.
Where are you in three years time?
Doing something I enjoy. I dread the day that I dread going to work.
Name one unexpected similarity you have with one of your colleagues
My love for a strong cup of coffee which I relate to Ms Larsvall. My dad always made coffee strong in Canada and got teased a lot by family and friends because of how strong it was and how much coffee he’d go through in a week. Since I grew up with it, I was used to it and whenever around guests, I would make it weaker because I knew ¨my cup¨ would be too potent. I didn’t realize Swedes liked it strong as well until Ms Larsvall said, ¨Tastes like one of the Canadians made coffee this morning¨. It was a good feeling to hear and know that I could kick it up a notch. I haven’t heard much from her since that first week so I assume I’m doing a good job now.
Give three good advices to your students
1. Be positive. You have a choice and your energy is contagious to those that are around you. Always be optimistic and look on the bright side- it could always be worse so look at how good it is.
2. Make mistakes. You learn best from your mistakes so take a chance and try something new.
3. Laugh at yourself. You’re human and people make mistakes. You should never let someone’s comments or negativity discourage you or make you feel uncomfortable.
Name 3 things you find best about Sweden
1. I love the extensive public transportation systems that are in place. You would only find that in the biggest cities like Toronto and Ottawa. My town and neighbouring towns don’t have public busses. It’s a car, taxi or walk.
2. The water! There’s not much in Lund but everywhere else there seems to be a lake or an ocean. Kayaking in Gothenburg was amazing! I’m excited to try it in other places as well.
3. The people. Everyone is so friendly and easy to get along with.
What do you prefer to eat?
Lasagna and shrimp (but not together)
You will be staying one month on a deserted island. You may bring one person and two items. Who and what would that be?
My girlfriend, a hammock (hängmatta) and a machete
What is the most peculiar thing you have done?
I like solving the rubik’s cube on roller coasters
Who is the most famous person you have met?
Scarlet Johansson- we didn’t exactly meet but I saw her and she saw me when she was practicing for Saturday Night Live in New York
What sport would you never practice?
What TV show(s) are you a bit embarrassed to tell that you are watching?
I’m not embarrassed by anything that I watch but based off of the title name I’d have to say New Girl (It’s one of my favorites though).
What social media are you using?
Where do you go for your dream holiday?
Australia. I’ve always wanted to check it out and go scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef