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Staff Spotlight: Brandon & Kristine
Staff Spotlight: Brandon & Kristine

Hometown:

B- Jamestown, North Dakota

K- Phoenix, Arizona


Years Teaching:

B- Seven years

K- Five years


Subject/Grade Level:

B- High School Biology

K- Grade 1


How did you meet?

B- I worked with Kristine’s best friend at a school in Phoenix, and she introduced me to Kristine at a concert one night.  


Where did you teach before coming to CIS?  

We taught at St. Paul American School in Hanoi, Vietnam.


What attracted you to Grand Cayman and CIS?

We were drawn in by the professionalism CIS and its’ staff had to offer, and of course, we wanted to see what it was like to live on an island!


What is on your Cayman Islands bucket list?

K- I would love to get my scuba certification.

B- I would like to rock climb in Cayman Brac.


What or who inspired you to become a teacher?

B- After some reflection during my senior year at university, I learned my greatest influences were my former teachers and coaches.  I was grateful for everything I had, so I decided to go into teaching.  


K- I started teaching in South Korea and fell in love with it.  I wanted to learn more about teaching internationally, so I continued on with my studies in the education field.  I am so grateful for my opportunities to teach young students from different cultures around the world.  


What are you reading right now?

K- I am reading Gone With the Wind.

B- I am reading Runner’s World Magazines.


If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?

K- I would love to speak Spanish fluently.

B- I would like to learn how to surf.


If you could impart just one lesson to your students, what would it be and why?

K- I would tell my students, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  I want my students to explore new things, learn from their experiences, and always be confident in themselves. 


B- I would love to impart integrity on to my students.  Since the invention of social media and various other technological advancements, it has become increasingly easier for us to hide behind computer screens and internet usernames.  We can virtually reinvent ourselves for better or for worse.  It is imperative we help our students develop a sound moral compass and a strong sense of accountability as they move in to the world as our future leaders.