For more than 35 years, Jim Yarnell has been working as a Music Teacher at ASH. In addition to teaching Music Technology and the IB Music Diploma Program, Jim also directs the High School Instrumental Music, Concert and Jazz Band programs. He also has presented numerous workshops on international music instruction throughout Europe and Asia and serves as an examiner and consultant for the IB Music Diploma Program.
Most recently, Jim led an IB Diploma workshop at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide, Australia covering the latest trends in secondary music education. Jim shared his experience with and understanding of the curriculum developments and trends within the IB Music program with music educators from other international schools. He also provided guidance and insight into music practice and offered strategies for best practice in music pedagogy. Teachers training teachers is one of the rich sources of professional development open to international educators.
In addition to the many long-term serving teachers with a rich career track at ASH, a fresh wave of outstanding talent joins us each year. Among them is Daniel Hirsch, one of our new hires for the 2018-2019 school year. Daniel teaches English as an Additional Language in the Elementary School and recently coordinated the European Day of Languages at ASH, which is very popular among students, parents and staff. Daniel brought a well-established TESOL career to ASH: he taught K-8 ESL in New York city public schools for ten years, worked with the Fukui City Board of Education in Japan for four years, and participated in Fulbright programs in Turkey and Finland. To learn more about Daniel’s career, read this article.