Tom is from Scotland but has lived and worked internationally for the majority of his working life. Tom currently teaches IB Geography and coordinates the whole school approach to sustainability at the International School Manila (ISM), Philippines. Tom’s current role at ISM evolved from his work coaching students in the use of the ISIS toolkit to facilitate the 2012 Global Issues Network (GIN) conference and has included guiding students through the process of facilitating a school wide goal based on the sustainability pledge in the ISM mission statement. Tom regularly writes about sustainability education, his work often appears in the East Asian Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) triannual journal and he recently had his sustainability education position paper published by the International Baccalaureate (IB). Prior to becoming a classroom teacher Tom worked for several years as a sailing instructor in a variety of contexts ranging from trans-oceanic yacht delivery to capsize recovery in Granton Harbour, Edinburgh. Tom’s experiences of teaching and learning in challenging circumstances helped form and consolidate his passion for authentic learning. Tom is currently most passionate about whole school sustainability reporting and the learning opportunities it provides.
Laurence Myers is originally from Athens, Greece and is proud of it! He is the Sustainability & Service Learning Coordinator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL). Prior to his current position he has taught economics, history, government, social studies, health and physical education at the middle and high school levels since 1997.
Laurence holds an M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in International Relations from The College of Wooster. More recently he also holds a Sustainability Leadership certificate from Ithaca College.
Among other things, he is a champion of ISKL’s accreditation process through the Eco-Schools program and has guided ISKL’s efforts leading up to the receipt of Malaysia’s very first Green Flag award in 2013. His work primarily emphasizes curriculum development and integration of ISKL’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and service learning frameworks across all learning environments but also includes heavy doses of collaboration and communication with administration, staff and external organizations.
Laurence has facilitated sustainability and service learning workshops within ISKL, a number of international schools in Malaysia as well as EARCOS. He is a founding member of the National Working Group for ESD in Malaysia, focusing on curriculum development and professional learning structures related to ESD infusion for national schools.
When not working with sustainability and service learning he is seen coaching student athletes (in volleyball and basketball), supporting environmental initiatives, engaging in outdoor learning experiences or spending quality time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, ideally in natural settings.
Mike Johnston is the founding Middle School Principal at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. He helps lead schools towards greater sustainability, global issues and service learning education. Mike has moved schools forward by presenting in Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Asia at regional conferences. He has empowered students and teachers in the places he has worked such as Canada, Scotland, Mexico, Russia, Qatar and Singapore to know they really can make a difference in the world. He has lead workshops and keynoted for teachers and administrators around the world on sustainability, global curriculum K-12 and how service learning should not just be what you do, but who you are as a school. As a member of the Compass Education team he is part of a growing community of passionate educators aiming to equip schools as learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. He has dedicated much of his time to not only ensuring students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues but that they have the skills and desire to take action to make a difference. In pursuing his Doctorate in Organizational Systems, Mike helps to inspire and lead schools through times of change.
Teresa Tung has facilitated learning across a wide range of age levels in primary and secondary education, and with adults. Currently, she is the Deputy Head of Secondary, Curriculum (MYP) for students in years 7-11 at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand and teaches DP Psychology. Previously at NIST, Teresa taught MYP English and Humanities and coordinated the MYP Service & Action Programme and the Global Citizen Diploma. Prior, Teresa taught the elementary school at the International School of Tianjin, where she also served as the first coordinator of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) program. With Compass Education since its inception, Teresa has been developing materials and facilitating workshops for educators since 2009. Passionate about pedagogy, curriculum, and the future of education Teresa has been a developer on a variety of projects for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) around interdisciplinary learning and creativity. She believes deeply in the power of collaborative networks, and was part of the creation and organization of of the Bangkok ServICE Network in 2011, and the Global Citizenship Summit in 2014. To maintain her personal well-being, Teresa travels, practices yoga, and looks after a feisty cat who uses human toilets.