About Rodney Bosire

  • Academic Level Master’s Degree
  • Age 43 - 47 Years
  • Salary 3868
  • Gender Male
  • Industry Development
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Description

 

I (Teacher Certification. No. 710668) would like to take this opportunity to submit my application for the above listing.

With over 13 years’ experience, I have worked at Aga Academy (Senior School, International Baccalaureate Curriculum), Mombasa. My subjects were ESS (Environmental Systems and Societies) at Diploma Level, Year 9 Biology and MYP (Middle Year Programme) Integrated Science (Year 6 to 8). I have also at various stages of my career been Head of Science Department and Head of Academics at different schools – experiences and leadership positions that will prove beneficial to your organization.

 

My lessons borrow heavily from my teaching philosophy which is captured in William Butler Yeats’ quote: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

I believe that a teacher is not a giver of knowledge but rather a facilitator for the student. As a guide, I try to create presentations that I feel help clarify key points. I shouldn’t be the one always delivering material. The student should make his/her own inquiry – all a teacher needs to do is establish what the student already knows and then act as a facilitator in connecting existing knowledge with new material. While this may not always be possible, every effort should be geared towards fostering an environment that leads to self-discovery as opposed to the mere passing on of new findings.

Such an approach when coupled with student-centered methodologies or strategies encourages curiosity and fosters critical thinking as well as problem-solving even in challenged learners.

A member of the IB Programme Resource Center, I apply a lot of ideas discussed in the online community Such online collaboration has helped me become the lifelong learner – both in subject matter and teaching methodology – in the ever-changing face of science.

My lessons involve IT technology for example simulations which help clarify misconceptions among students. EdTech has helped me evaluate the younger learners in a fun way for example the use of Kahoot. I also integrate other subjects and concepts in Biology/scientific inquiry for example Math and Physics, Physical Education (e.g. heartbeat research) and this makes the subject more meaningful and interesting to students.

To add on, I find that students who attend my academic support lessons benefit a lot from the more personalized learning and differentiated instruction. In such scenarios, I am able to learn what works best with different learners and this enables me tweak my normal lessons more effectively.

With extensive experience also in IGCSE Biology too, I trust that my capabilities, dynamism and competencies will sufficiently meet your strategic goals. Further, I have taken various professional development courses as follows:

 

  • IB Workshop on Managing Science Assessment, (MYP, Category 3), 13/04/2019 – 15/04/2019
  • IB Workshop on Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (MYP, Category 3) 11/04/2018-13/04/2018
  • IB Workshop on Approaches to Learning, (MYP, Category 3), 8/04/2017- 10/04/2017
  • IB Workshop on Delivering the MYP curriculum (MYP, Category 2), 11/May/2016 – 12/Jun/2016
  • IB Workshop on Environmental Systems & Societies (Diploma level), Sept – Nov 2013

 

I have attached my CV which encapsulates my broad professional development as well as academic certificates for easy reference. I believe working with you will provide deep insights regarding best practices in education.

Looking forward to hearing from you, I thank you in advance.

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Education

  • 2004
    Egerton University

    BSc. Agriculture

    Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel, recreation, or land conservation. It also involves soil science.

  • 2015
    Maseno University

    PGDE

    Post=graduate in Education (Biology).

  • 2011
    Nyenrode Univeristy

    MBA

    International Masters degree in International Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

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Experience

  • 2021 - Present
    Home-based

    Personal tutor,

    Last September (2021) I and a few colleagues set up an extra tuition center for IB Years 6 to Diploma level and A level (IGCSE). Students who need learning support pay for our services - we teach mostly the Sciences and Math. Though it started off very busy. the venture allowed more creativity with teaching and had flexible hours especially in the mornings. That allowed more quality time for lesson preparation and individualized teaching than a full-time job would. Also, there is a better work-life balance as compared with my previous place of work. Parents have reported a significant improvement in students’ grades as a result and this motivate to work even more resulting in more students joining us.

  • 2013 - 2021
    Aga Khan Academy

    Biology, ESS and Integrated Sciences Teacher, IB Curriculum, Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa, 2/2013-10/2021

    Apart from teaching the above subjects, I was also Extended Essay Supervisor and Personal Project Supervisor.

  • 2011 - 2013
    Coast Academy,

    IGCSE Biology Teacher, Mombasa, 10/2011-2/2013

    -Biology and Math teacher. -Patron of Wildlife Club.

  • 2011 - 2013
    Glue League Project, the Netherlands

    Partner, Glue League Project, the Netherlands, 09/2011-10/2013

    Analysis of the potential uses of Social media and crowdsourcing in businesses/brands in Netherlands

  • 2011 - 2012
    International Business Machines, the Netherlands

    Intern, IBM, the Netherlands, 07/2011-09/2011

    Wrote my Master’s Research Thesis (Application of Information in Water Management Projects) Highlights: • Developed an in-depth analysis of the flood management system for the Netherlands Government • The business plan has €10 Million potential savings upon implementation I use this experience in teaching Environmental Systems and Societies (IB).

  • 2008 - 2010
    Qubaa Muslim School

    Head of Academics, , Kenya, 04/04/2008-07/07/2010

    • Taught Mathematics, Biology. • Managed/analyzed student academic records and prepared detailed reports on student grades • Oversaw exam setting by teaching staff

  • 2006 - 2008
    Pestlab Ltd., Mombasa, Kenya

    Chief Agronomist, , 10/02/2006- 17/03/2008

    • Oversaw the daily operations of the company farm (20 ha) • Developed sustainable crop husbandry (Integrated Pest Management) strategies • Technical product presentation (pesticides and fertilizers) • Organized agricultural field days and training programs for local communities -I use this experience to teach IB ESS

  • 2005 - 2005
    Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya

    Part-time Lecturer, , 09/05/2005 – 12/09/2005

    I taught Diploma Students Plant Genetics, Animal Husbandry, Environmental Science, Soil Microbiology and Botany.

  • 2005 - 2007
    Burhaniya Secondary School, Mombasa

    Head of Science Department, , 25/08/2005 – 15/01/2007

    • Class Teacher • Taught Biology, Mathematics • Head of Clubs & Societies; Patron, Red Cross Club (Club scooped National Award in First Aid Competition)

  • 2004 - 2006
    Ultimate Works Ltd, Kenya,

    Environmental Assessor 14/12/2004 – 20/01/2006

    • Collected and co-compiled various Environmental Impact Reports for coastal areas of Kenya • Monitored effectiveness of environmental programs along Indian Ocean, River Tana • Helped build local support for sustained protection of coastal resources and beach clean-up -this experience helps me in teaching ESS

  • 2004 - 2004
    Home-based

    Self-employed, Kenya, 1/2004 – 12/2004

    • Owned and operated a successful palm-tree and briquette-making business venture. • Clients reported 35% cost savings. Managed production, marketing and distribution -I use this experience in teaching ESS

  • 2004 - 2005
    Sea Breeze Senior School, Malindi, Kenya

    Co-Director, , 6/2004 – 2/2005

    • Joined hands with a friend and set up a High School based on the Kenyan 8.4.4 system

  • 2001 - 2001
    Baobab Farm of Bamburi Cement Factory, Kenya

    Industrial Attachment, , 01/2001 - 03/2001

    • Successfully established and nurtured a fruit & vegetable project (1 ha). Produce sold increased farm revenues by € 150.

  • 1996 - 1997
    Youth Counseling Centre, Kenya,

    Volunteer Youth Peer-educator, 01/1996 – 09/1997

    • Counseled youth on drug-abuse, reproductive health and AIDS. 40 youth enrolled for rehabilitation in the 1st half of the year as a result and subsequently got employment in local firms. -I use this experience in mentoring my students

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Expertise

IB Examiner
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Portfolio

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Honors & awards

  • 2006

    1st position in Regional First Aid Competition

    I was the Head of Clubs & Societies and Patron of the Red Cross Club. The Club scooped 1st position in Regional First Aid Competition while I was at Burhaniya Secondary School.

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Skills

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