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Meet James

Learn more about James, Parent and Upper School - Social Studies Teacher at ISL

Please introduce yourself briefly.
My name is James Mulli. I am originally from Kenya, but have lived in numerous countries over the last 30 years. Immediately before coming to Luxembourg these include China, Germany, and the USA. My father was a diplomat so in essence, I am a third culture kid having been educated in international schools throughout my youth. No wonder I am teaching in an international school!

Tell us about your role at ISL
I teach Business Management, Economics, Social Studies & Theory of Knowledge. I also supervise the students running the Business Club, the Cryptocurrency Currency Club, the Hedge Fund Club, and the ISL News.

How long have you been working at ISL?
I am now in my 10th year at ISL

What did you do prior to working at ISL?
Before coming to a ISL I was at the Shanghai American school, In China. 

What does your typical day look like?
My typical day beyond teaching classes is always seeing my room filled every lunch time with students performing some extracurricular activity. I often try and make sure I engage more with my students than anybody else. This is the reason we are here, right?

What do you love most about your work?
First and foremost I'm in education because I like to learn.Therefore when I do learn alongside my students, this is the most rewarding part. Learning just simply means being informed about something you do not know. At their age, students are always exploring and they are willing to share.

What do you think is unique about ISL?
The kindness of the community. 

On a daily basis, how do you contribute to making ISL the school of choice?
By imparting as much of what I know to the children in the form of knowledge, skills and social behavior.  

Describe what ISL does above and beyond in teaching and learning?
Everything is rooted in what the teachers are doing alongside students. Therefore, all the engagement the teachers involve themselves in - be it in sports, theatre, music, art  and the many extra curricular activities - these have an impact that is far-reaching and truly immeasurable

What are the most important skills a student should acquire today?
The soft skills are truly important. These are people skills, social skills, communication skills, attitudes, and social intelligence which will be needed and must be present alongside hard skills.

How do you define the success of a student?
If this student is content with what they have accomplished, this is personal success. If a student is revered for their accomplishments this is social success. Personal success is more important.

What is your best memory at ISL?
Lighter moments of laughter in classrooms, former students visiting and seeking counsel and friendship.

Describe ISL in 5 words
Collegial, fair, open, warm, adventurous  

Which question did we forget to ask you, that you would like to answer?
What do the students think about the teachers?


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