Hello and welcome to WISEducation!
Dr Sadie Hollins, WISEducation Founder
My name is Dr Sadie Hollins and I currently work as a Head of Sixth Form at an International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My background prior to working in international education was as a HE lecturer and researcher focusing on sport and sociology. After a decision to take a different life path, my partner and I moved to Chiang Mai, where we have been based for the past four years. During this time I have had the opportunity to work in a residential rehab facility, and as a school counselor, before beginning my current role. Throughout this journey (or detour, depending on how you look at it!) I have becoming increasingly interested in the challenges that international education presents in terms of supporting the wellbeing of students and staff, particularly in the current climate, and would like to share this blog to tease out and invite further discussions. The blog will run concurrently alongside a quarterly newsletter containing articles from a range of expert contributors working in international education and associated settings. The aim of WISEducation as a whole will be to discuss topical issues affecting the wellbeing of international school communities, and explore the social-emotional challenges facing them. I welcome and encourage feedback, questions and discussions, and hope to build a supportive network of international educators that share the common goal of improving wellbeing in our communities.
Laura Davies, Magazine Co-Editor
Laura is an Athletic Director and PE Teacher at a British International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has a particular interest in inclusion, and is currently pursuing a doctorate focusing on international school provision for students with SEND. Laura’s other passions include travelling, rescuing animals and riding motorbikes.