Benjamin Barnett

My fascination with the world began at an early age while seated next to an extremely large wall map in the fourth grade.  My teacher, Mrs. Samsel, didn’t seem to mind when I used free time to trace and color all the continents and countries many times throughout that year.

 After visiting the United Kingdom and France, as well as studying abroad in Chile in university, I knew that I would live internationally.  I majored in Spanish and English, and sought positions that I both enjoyed and felt would make me competitive globally, including acquiring AP Spanish, AP English, and IB MYP Language B trainings.

 Both in the US and abroad, I have had the privilege of being on the ground floor of many initiatives, among those being the certification of an MYP program in Texas, the establishment of a new AP English course in Guatemala, teaching for four academic years in the Abu Dhabi education reform and in a Mexican bilingual school.  All of these have increased my love for teaching abroad, as well as making me a very flexible educator through constant changes and modifications.


Recent Blog Posts:

Reflections on my first week as a secondary principal

Reflections on My Second Week as a Principal



In my current role as a Secondary Principal at Footprints International School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I have the opportunity to work with a delightful staff and teacher team who love teaching and do their best for students every day.  We're a growing school currently offering Cambridge/IGCSE up to grade 10 and will add A-Levels starting with 2017.

 Finally, my family is a big part of the experience.  My wife and I are both fluent in Spanish, and my children, ages 9, 4, and 2, are fluent in Spanish and have been exposed to Portuguese, Arabic, and Hindi, among others while living abroad.  They love the benefits of this lifestyle and enjoy playing with friends from around the world.

 All of this is to say that we enjoy living and working abroad, and have plans, after six years of doing so, to continue this lifestyle long-term.

Teaching Philosophy of Benjamin Barnett - How do students best learn?
Teaching Philosophy of Benjamin Barnett - How do students best learn?
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Benjamin Barnett as a colleague and member of a Professional Learning Community
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