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TiC Middle School Business Studies
Teacher of Commerce Senior School
Bachelor of Commerce (Management), Diploma of Science (Geography), Diploma of Teaching & Learning (Secondary)
Tel +64 4 388 0850 ext 529
Marc is a commerce teacher in the senior school in his first year at Scots College. He joins the college in his seventh year as an educator with experience in both the IB Diploma and NCEA courses.
Most recently working at an international school in Singapore, Marc has experience teaching the IB Diploma Program in Business Management, Geography and Environmental Systems and Society. Prior to this, he taught in Christchurch teaching NCEA at Marian College. Marc will be responsible for Year 11 to 13 Business and Accounting classes for both NCEA and the IB Diploma, as well as Year 11 tutor for Plimmer House.
Originally from Nelson, Marc graduated the University of Canterbury in 2009 and immediately took up a teaching position at Marian College. After the Christchurch earthquakes, he moved to the Australian International School Singapore where he held the role of Head of Year for various year levels.
In his spare time Marc plays senior football, follows a range of sports teams, and enjoys outdoor adventures and travelling to new exciting places.
BCA; PGDTchng; PGDSprtMngmt
Tel +64 4 388 0850 ext 658
Clinton Down has been an Economics teacher at Scots College since 2015. He teaches both NCEA and IB at all levels. He has been teaching since 2005.
Clinton first taught at Kaitaia College in the far north before moving to Seoul in South Korea, where he taught English for just over a year. From Seoul he moved with his wife to Dubai in the UAE where he taught Economics, Geography and History.
Clinton spent a number of his early adult years travelling and living overseas, basing himself in London. He was able to continue doing this from Dubai focusing his travel on surf locations in the Americas and Africa. He also enjoys free diving and spearfishing.
Economics, Accounting and Business Studies Teacher
B Com (Otago), Grad Dip Ed (Sec), Grad Dip (Otago), CA
Tel +64 4 388 0850 ext 828
Leisel joined the Scots College Commerce Department in 2015. Previous to this, Leisel was based in Singapore where she taught at the United World College (SEA). In addition, Leisel has an extensive commercial background, having started her career as a Chartered Accountant in Wellington, Leisel was subsequently based in London and Singapore for 15 years, holding a variety of roles across Finance and Human Resources with Barclays Capital.
Leisel draws on her business experience constantly in the classroom.
Born and raised in Wellington, Leisel is a motivated and passionate educator who strongly believes that every student should have an understanding of business and how the economy works in order to confidently negotiate their path beyond school and to develop essential life skills.
Leisel is married with three children. Her interests include sport (tennis, hockey, water and snow skiing), travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Learning Area Coordinator
PostGradDipComm, DipTchg, BPhysEd
Tel +64 4 380 7665
David is the Learning Area Coordinator of Commerce and is a teacher in the Senior School. He joined Scots College in August 2016 and is in his twelfth year of teaching. He has extensive experience in both the IB Diploma Business Management Programme and NCEA Accounting courses.
David returns home to Wellington after working at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland for the last 11 years. He has taught all Senior Commerce subjects, as well as Physical Education. Prior to beginning his teaching career, David worked for Deloitte in Assurance and Advisory qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2002. Along with being responsible for the Commerce Department, he will teach Year 12 and Year 13 NCEA Accounting and Business Studies Courses, as well Year 12 Economics course. He joins Mawson House as Year 12 tutor.
His interests include multisport, running and cycling, as well as a particular interest in the greater outdoors. After his experience in Nepal in April 2015, he looks to continue his involvement with that area of the world with an intention over a return journey in 2017-2018.
Passionate about his role as an educator in the Commerce Area, he looks forward to developing positive experiences for the all students partaking in these courses.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Teacher of Commerce
DipEd; BBs; PGCert Ed Leadership
Phone: 04 388 0850
Craig joins Scots College from his previous role as the Head of Faculty Business, Enterprise and Commerce at St. Peter’s School in Cambridge. A role that brought together traditional aspects of learning such as curriculum, staff appraisal and development with leading the co-curricular activities to develop school-wide initiatives supporting innovation, creativity and financial literacy. Prior to this he was the HoF Social Sciences for 9 years, also at St Peter’s.
As the Director of Teaching and Learning Craig enjoys being able to coach others through the journeys they are making to improve themselves in many different ways, developing more than their academic side. He believes growth and learning for life should be key goals for anyone, regardless of age. Craig is motivated to teach through the satisfaction of “seeing others succeed with your help and input. Young people are vibrant and full of potential and I take great pride in seeing them thrive once they leave the school gates.”
Craig share a keen interest in sport through his teaching and with his family. His three daughters are all talented in their own way in sport. He also shares with his wife Sandra a passion for travel and adventure and the occasional beach holiday at Mt Maunganui.