Dean is from New Zealand and has a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the University of Canterbury. He has worked at a number of leading primary schools in Christchurch since gaining his teaching degree in 2005. Dean has been a team leader, supervising teacher, tutor teacher and school sport director. Before embarking on his teaching career, Dean worked as a lifeguard and beach education instructor where he taught primary-aged children about surf safety, the ocean and the role of surf lifeguards. This is where he developed a love of teaching.
This is Dean’s first international school posting and he is thoroughly enjoying the strong sense of community and camaraderie at SCIPS. Dean has been married to his wife Tamsyn for eight years and has two children, Flynn and Isla Ruby who both attend SCIPS. Dean and Tamsyn have always dreamt about living in South East Asia and are excited about exploring Penang and Malaysia.
In New Zealand, Dean has been actively involved in surf life saving, cricket and rugby coaching, surfing, snowboarding and voluntary community work for the last 20 years. His surf boat crew were New Zealand champions in 2016 and in 2017 were selected to represent New Zealand against the might of Australia. He will be competing at the World Surf Life Saving Championships in November at Glenelg Beach, Australia.