My name is Adam Nollsch and I'd love to be your next science teacher. I graduated from University of Northern Iowa in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Middle/Junior High School Science with additional endorsements in Chemistry and Earth Sciences. Since graduating I've worked in international schools in South Korea and Turkey. I'm currently in my fourth year of teaching middle school general science to 6-7th graders in Ankara, Turkey.
From a young age, my parents encouraged me to travel and experience other cultures. After a family trip to Europe, I realized I had a desire to see more of the world which led me to pursue other opportunities to travel abroad, such as a school trip to China, a mission trip to Jamaica, leading a summer camp in Italy, and student teaching in India.
These opportunities reaffirmed my desire to not only travel but immerse myself in new countries and foreign cultures. I recently finished my first year of full time teaching in Seoul, South Korea which has helped me develop both personally and professionally. I’ve come to understand just how important first-hand experience is to the process of learning. I try to reflect that belief in the classroom and my own life. I focus on giving students an inquiry based experience where their questions and observations about the world drive the lessons. An environment that allows students to explore what interests them keeps them engaged and I strive to constantly encourage this way of learning. Likewise, in my personal life, I prefer to go directly to the source of culture to learn about new places and have been lucky enough to have had the privilege to do so. Living in India and Korea gave me a perspective of those cultures and allowed me to get a deeper understanding that I never would have had if I were to simply visit as a tourist.
My main two goals as an educator are to inspire students to have a love of science as well as to help them become more well-rounded global citizens. As I continue to become a better global citizen myself, I have found that engaging with different cultures on a personal level is fundamental to being a good student, teacher, and person. I feel as though international schools encourage this philosophy and I want to continue to be a part of that.