The veteran educator sat down with a freelance journalist to discuss his life, his career, and his professional philosophy.
SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, UK / ACCESSWIRE / October 15, 2021 / Veteran professional educator Jonathan Ullmer has been the subject of a new, in-depth interview. The interview was conducted by a freelance journalist on behalf of an online periodical that concentrates on matters of health and wellness.
Early on in the interview, upon being asked why he chose to become a professional educator, Jonathan responds without hesitation. "I wanted to make a difference in other peoples' lives," he says, before conjuring up a memory to illustrate his thinking at the time. "I remember clearly, the first time I was offered a job in schooling, it was a very nice independent school near Bristol. It had everything you could ever want in a school-wonderful people, wonderful staff, a pleasant learning environment. But then I went for another interview at a different school, and it was a school in a resettlement area. This school was having serious issues with behaviour and with academic achievement. The school was struggling, and seeing that, it struck me: I want to be in a place where I can really make a difference, where I could help people achieve their best, and to do better than they ever thought they could do." He concludes this section of the interview by explicitly stating an epiphany that struck him, then and there, regarding his career path. "At that moment, I knew that resettlement school was where I could do the most good. And that mindset stayed with me throughout my entire career in education; I wanted people to achieve their potential and achieve amazing things. That's what I feel passionately about."
Anyone curious to read the full text of this interview is encouraged to keep watch for its publication in the coming days. Anyone interested in learning more about Jonathan Ullmer is encouraged to visit his professional website, or read his blog which deals with various matters concerning the improvement of education generally.
About Jonathan Ullmer:
Originally from Oxford, England, Jonathan Ullmer is a career educator with a great deal of experience working with students both within the United Kingdom and abroad. He began his career in 1985 teaching English and Drama at the Swanley School in Kent. In 1989, he became Arts Curriculum Director at Cecil Jones High School 11-18 Foundation School in Southend before moving on to Sawyers Hall College of Science and Technology in Essex in 1989, where he assumed the position of Assistant Principal. Jonathan took a leadership role as Vice-Principal with Cambridge Arts, Technology, and Science (CATS) College Cambridge in 2008, eventually becoming the Principal of CATS Canterbury in 2010.
In 2017, Jonathan Ullmer accepted an offer from Haileybury to head their school in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan, eventually leading that institution through a highly-successful inspection that resulted in ‘outstanding international practice' ratings in 17 of 19 categories. Jonathan also oversaw the school's successful accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) which are key components of being able to offer globally-recognized and certified American graduation. He also led the school as it achieved its first highly-successful International Baccalaureate results. Additionally, under his administration, the Nur-Sultan branch of Haileybury was shortlisted for a Times Independent School award, and received two awards for its student leadership programs and the teaching of the Kazakh language.
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