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Staff Spotlight: Carol & Mike Neeland
Staff Spotlight: Carol & Mike Neeland

Hometown:

Mike: Great Bend, KS

Carol: Malibu, California

Years Teaching:

Mike: This is the start of my 30th year. How did that happen?

Carol: This is the start of my 31st year. Feels like yesterday ...

Subject/Grade Level:

Mike: Science 1 section grade 7, all of grade 8, HS Health

Carol: Tech/K - 5

How did you meet?

Eating tapas at a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain.

Where did you teach before coming to CIS?

Both: The American School of the Hague, Shekou International School, Carol Morgan School, Taipei American School, Benjamin Franklin International School (Barcelona)

Mike: The Topeka High School, Topeka, KS

Carol: Shorecliffs Middle School, San Clemente, CA

Mike and Carol on the Great Wall

In all of your travels, what was your favorite trip and why?

Carol: Trekking on the south island of New Zealand which has a vast variety of unique and unusual features and creatures: mountains, lakes, fjords, glaciers, lots of sheep and even penguins. We walked almost all the way from Blenheim to Queenstown, so we were able to take it slow and enjoy the scenery while talking with interesting people along the way.

Mike: Iceland: stunning scenery, big sky,  great lamb, and so different from other places we have traveled and lived.

Mike and Carol in Iceland

What attracted you to Grand Cayman and CIS?

Carol: Sunshine and beautiful beaches. When I interviewed via Skype in January it was dark and icy in The Netherlands. Seeing Melissa Kay pop up on the screen with blue skies and palm trees in the background was really all I needed to entice me to move here. Then she started talking about all the good things happening at CIS and I was sold.

Mike: CIS has been on our radar from working at another ISS school in China and we are beach people.

What is on your Cayman Islands bucket list?

Both: Sunset sailing to Rum Point.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

Carol: Mrs. Yundt was my 11th grade U.S. History teacher. One day I fell asleep in her class and when I woke up she was looking at me. She kept me after class, but instead of scolding me she told me she was worried about me and asked why I wasn't getting enough sleep. She really cared about her students, not just the content of her courses, and that made all the difference.

Mike: High School biology teacher - Mr. Huntley. He was so excited about what he was teaching and he made biology interesting and fun. Got me hooked on science.

Paragliding

What are you reading right now?

Carol: Positive Discipline in the Classroom

Mike: I am more of a podcast person - I listen to The Daily from the New York Times, Up First from NPR, and Stuff You Should Know.

What was your dream job growing up?

Carol: Teacher (my dream came true).

Mike: Veterinarian

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

Carol: T.H.I.N.K. before you post.

Is it true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind? If not, don't post it on the Internet. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Mike:  Focus on learning, not on grades.