Long Talk: Mr. Farrant

May 24, 2019

What is your favorite part of being a teacher at ISB?

The students. I have worked all over the world and I find ISB students are particularly good at finding balance and making the most of all of the opportunities available. Most importantly, I also feel that they truly appreciate that these are amazing opportunities which the vast majority of people do not have access to. I have been very impressed generally by their humble and giving nature.

Where are you going next year?

Tsira, Peulia and I are off to Seoul Foreign School in South Korea. We are sad to say goodbye to ISB and Thailand, but also incredibly excited by our next great adventure.

What has been your favorite memory of ISB?

On our 4th wedding anniversary, my HL Bio class made a great ‘mannequin challenge’ video to help us celebrate. An amazing surprise from a very, very special group of students. Something I will never forget.

What would you say is your most memorable accomplishment here?

Helping one student to achieve a 4 in HL Biology. He struggled throughout the course, but never, ever gave up. I also wrote him a recommendation letter which he later told me made a significant difference in him getting into his dream course. His appreciation and excitement a year later when he visited was my professional highlight.

What advice would you give students?

Be present in the moment. This school, and life generally, can seem pretty overwhelming at times and there is a tendency to think about the next class, the next week or the next year. Please, take a moment to stop and connect in a positive and meaningful way with those around you, classmates, teachers, and especially the ISB support staff. Life is short, and it is people you will remember, not numbers.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Thank you sincerely for making our time in Thailand, and this school, such an incredible experience. This will forever be a very special place for our family. We will never forget you.

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