John Royce is English – but most of his working life has been spent outside Britain. He has taught in Zambia, England, Malawi, Germany and Turkey. He started out as a teacher but, forced relucantly into taking over his school’s library, found a new career. After some years as a teacher-librarian (UK style), he has worked as full-time librarian since 1981. As a school librarian, he regards himself as a teacher without a timetable commitment, the perfect job.
He has delivered IB workshops since 2004, face-to-face and online, in Extended Essay, Academic Honesty and for Librarians. As well as workshops, he has presented lectures and led mini-workshops on many topics and to many audiences. He was a member of the team which produced the IB publications Academic honesty in the IB educational context and Effective citing and referencing and authored Credit where it’s due for the School Library Association.
Since leaving Turkey, John has worked as a freelance educational consultant and trainer. He also enjoys photography, reading and writing. You can find out more about John at http://read2live.com/
Jonathan Newell has a wide range of experience in music and teaching both in the UK and in Norway, Cairo and Vienna. He has worked in Higher Education at Trinity College of Music London and has been on the panel of music examiners for Trinity Guildhall international examinations since 2000.
Besides examining, Jonathan regularly leads teacher-training workshops for the IB around the world in Music and Extended Essay (generic). In the past he has trained IB workshop leaders from a range of subject disciplines in Sydney Australia, Geneva Switzerland, and the UK. He is an IBDP schools exams inspector, a member of the IB’s Schools Authorisation Visit team, and a facilitator and developer for online workshops in both DP Music and the Extended Essay. Other responsibilities are as a global session observer for IB workshops, and IBDP Field Representative (Academic) for the Africa, Europe and Middle East region.
Jonathan lives in Oxford, England, where he is Director of College Music and Tuotor at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and Organ Tutor at Magdalen College School. He holds a Master's degree in Choral Education from the University of Surrey, England, is an Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Society of Musicians – awarded for distinguished services to music and music education in the UK – and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Morag Makey is an Antipodean who has lived and worked in Australia, NZ, the UK, Switzerland and Spain, in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. She has been teaching English B, Psychology and TOK and co-ordinating the Extended Essay and the IB Diploma Programme since 2008 and has IBEN accreditation for IB workshops and school verification and evaluation visits. Morag has overseen the implementation of the first cohort of the IB in several different contexts and understands well the challenges of new programmes and courses. Her passion lies in supporting students, families and teachers to transition successfully through the IBDP. She is currently completing a Masters in Adolescent Mental Health and spending as much time as possible on the Costa Brava, just north of her home in Barcelona.
Sharon Vansickle is from the United States of America and currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. She has worked in IB high schools in Florida and Georgia as a teacher-librarian and extended essay coordinator for 13 years. Sharon has authored and delivered diploma programme workshops (face-to-face and online) since 2004 in the extended essay and librarianship. She holds a BA in English and Psychology, MA degrees in reading education and library science and a PhD in libraries, media and technology. Sharon is a former Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher participant and was awarded the AASL Highsmith Research Grant in 2000 for her doctoral dissertation. In addition to being a workshop leader, she is also a Field Representative for IB Americas, an online mentor to IB diploma programme schools through DP Advantage, and a freelance extended essay consultant to schools in the Americas. True to the IB concept of community, activity and service she devotes much of her spare time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the North Carolina Aboretum, and MANNA Foodbank.
Praise for John
"Mr. Royce is very knowledgeable and allowed for some great group discussion. This prompted many "aha" moments. I left with many ideas to implement." - Anonymous
"John has a strong knowledge of the subject and the IB organization as well as experience as a librarian and a teacher"