Giles Pinto

CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR/TEACHER OF ENGLISH & PHI­LOS­O­PHY

The Kids Post - - Private Education Guide 2014 -

G iles Pinto be­gan teach­ing 15 years ago thanks to two key in­flu­ences in his early years. Not only was his mother a teacher and “shared with [him] a pas­sion for en­gag­ing oth­ers through ed­u­ca­tion,” he was also able to see first­hand the im­pact that great teach­ers had on stu­dents with di­verse back­grounds as he fin­ished high school in north­ern Canada. He is now the co­or­di­na­tor of the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate (IB) Mid­dle Years Pro­gram and teacher of English and Phi­los­o­phy at Brank­some Hall. “I en­joy my po­si­tion as an IB Co­or­di­na­tor pre­cisely be­cause ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent,” he says. “I could be meet­ing with stu­dents on their per­sonal pro­jects, with par­ents for re­view­ing as­sess­ments, with teach­ers on cur­ricu­lum plan­ning or with other ad­min­is­tra­tors on sched­ul­ing,” he says. His in­di­vid­ual ed­u­ca­tion philoso­phies in­clude fo­cussing on the core con­cept of a par­tic­u­lar topic; en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to ac­tively con­sider what is sig­nif­i­cant in their learn­ing; as well as the im­por­tance of self-reg­u­la­tion. When he’s not in the class­room, Pinto is of­ten busy in his role as coach and event plan­ner for the public speak­ing and de­bat­ing pro­gram. Part of his fo­cus is now on ar­rang­ing the Nora McRae Public Speak­ing Tour­na­ment, which, he says, at­tracts par­tic­i­pants from across the prov­ince ev­ery spring.

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