About Brycen & Anna
We met in 2009 while we were both teaching in Dubai, UAE and decided to embark on a new adventure together in Istanbul, Turkey. We married in 2015 and after seven fantastic years of experiences that provided us with the foundation to grow both professionally and personally, we chose our next post. The United Nations International School of Hanoi has been our place of work over the past five years. During this period we have seen a wealth of professional development opportunities that have enriched our careers with new challenges and exciting leadership opportunities.
We balance our time between the United States, Ireland and wherever our next adventure in travel may take us. We are committed to our careers as international educators and greatly value how this path has enriched our lives.
Our experiences as international educators in Dubai, Istanbul, and Hanoi have been fulfilling to say the least. Our interest in exploring different cultures remains steadfast and we are hoping to expand upon our educational experiences in our next adventure.
“The school’s willingness to put its daily operations and educational technology development in Brycen’s hands is testament to his competence, his dedication to work, and his professional, supportive attitude towards his colleagues and the students that we teach.”
“Outside of the school he has helped create local networks to bring together IT educators across Istanbul, and in the CEESA region he has helped to organize job-alike sessions. His boundless energy has led him to create an extensive network of collegial relationships both in and outside of the school.”
“Brycen has a relaxed and easy manner and is approachable and helpful. He gets along well with colleagues and has a great sense of humor. Throughout this year he has been a good team member and a positive contributor.”
“His willingness to use his extensive knowledge of anything technological to help people is unsurpassed. At all schools there are a few people who are a little frightened of anything too complicated on the computer, but Brycen’s bright nature has put many teachers here at ease.”
“I have found Brycen to be a willing participant in all new initiatives put forth at DAA and his flexibility in working at different grade levels will serve him well in his desire to become a teacher.”
“Anna proved to be a very competent and reliable employee. She is an excellent team player in many respects – bringing valuable ideas to projects and ensuring that her work is done to a very high standard and in a timely manner.”
I really appreciate what Brycen did to help the language acquisition department to build our own language-specific websites. It makes the communication and materials sharing much easier with the students and teachers can re-use the resources in the future. Brycen is always available and he consistently reaching out to people so he can help.
Brycen’s ability to mentor me in the implementation and use of Seesaw for teaching and learning has been invaluable. As a new user to this platform, he has modelled the set up, implementation and possibilities for use although we are in different departments. He was always available for troubleshooting and would respond quickly and in a way that I felt supported in my own learning. This has resulted in a short learning time for me to use and launch Seesaw in my teaching, a platform that students and parents are already familiar with coming from ES or can transfer their experience from Design.
I have only been at UNIS a short time, but during that time Brycen has facilitated/ organized meetings with the MS counselors to prepare for parent presentations regarding digital behaviors. Furthermore, he works collaboratively with the counselors in aspects of student support when needed. Some examples include gathering resources for parents for screen time management and supporting students integration of technology in their behavior plans.
I see Brycen weekly for something. He always responds to emails and makes it a point to stop by my office and see if I need anything. He actually goes to all rooms to check if he can help. This is great for me because I can ask an on the spot question. He has shared resources with me and helped me decide a better work flow for larger projects.
Brycen has been acting as a tech-coach for the past few months officially, but has been supporting and coaching both students and colleagues since he arrived at UNIS. Brycen is absolutely committed to meaningful learning experiences, and sees technology as one of the many ways to add meaning and value to our work. He is full of ideas, patient with people of all skill-levels, and absolutely always volunteers a little bit extra of himself. He has no ego, and will often “throw ideas on the table” just to get a process started by dissecting an exemplar/prototype. This has proven to be an incredibly valuable skill, given that we are often working in teams with everyone holding different levels of experience and comfort with technology.
As a coach, Brycen is very involved in our planning processes, and is very generous with his time and expertise in terms of making sure technology adds value to our process and/or objectives. I admire his collaborative and iterative nature. One example of this is that in initial meetings he often gives a few ideas we could pursue, then he follows up with various prototypes that we could further develop together, and then continues with support from there.
Brycen is a very intuitive coach and is committed to authentic, engaging, age-appropriate use of technology. He is incredibly supportive, very organized, and builds strong relationships with both students and colleagues.
As MS Tech coach, Brycen has offered Tuesday Tech help for any teacher needing additional support. He makes himself available and known through email communication, sharing his calendar and attending curriculum meetings. He has also managed to bring Seesaw and Google Sites into MS curriculum by first running it within his own design classes. Through piloting these systems he presented and supported interested teachers in other curriculum areas to get on board. His main objective is always to support students and teachers and it shows in his enthusiasm to simplify.
In conversations with Brycen, he demonstrates that he sees coaching as being part of a larger team, working with groups of people to help deliver a teaching model for student success. I have always appreciated that he does not see himself separate from other coaches (EAL, LS, Extension), but rather is part of support and content teaching team. His previous experience, constant exploration of innovation in his field, plus his generous attitude in sharing what he knows makes him an ideal coach. In addition, his hands on experience as a teacher means that he has a clear idea what works and with which learner. This is a valuable background for a coach. We know Brycen knows what he is talking about because he does it!
Brycen is often at the forefront of new technology integration initiatives with the absolute goal to enhance the learning process for all students. He regularly seeks new and purposeful ways of bringing technology to the classroom by staying current with best practices and attending professional development in which he shared his newly acquired knowledge with the teachers and coaches alike.
In what I have seen Brycen has worked tirelessly with teachers and administration alike tech coaching, developing authentic units, websites, etc.
I started working with Brycen 6 months before starting at UNIS as we Skyped and discussed what would be the ideal design environment. His engagement and excitement are contagious and he has the ability to both give and receive constructive feedback. Brycen develops programs with the end-user in mind and will work with them closely modifying the program to suit their needs.
As a ‘newbie’ to UNIS, I have already witnessed many, many instances of Brycen’s exceptional leadership abilities. In meetings, he asserts himself as a leader through his creative solutions to various technology challenges we face at our school. He is an integral part of several different technology task forces that are being assembled at UNIS, offering his time as both a team member and Chair. So far this year, most of my time spent with Brycen has been during meetings, whether it be technology task force meetings, our weekly tech support meetings, etc.. During those engagements, he is often the first one to stand from his chair and offer creative solutions to the task(s) at hand. In preparing for our upcoming VTC conference, Brycen has been an outstanding contributor of ideas and resources. On a personal note, Brycen has been a wonderfully supportive colleague for me as I adjust to my new role here at UNIS.
Through employing Wired Wednesday, Brycen has not only regularly prompted tech integration, but he has also given his colleagues an opportunity to share best practice. Brycen is enthusiastic and passionate about tech integration within meaningful and creative learning experiences is admirable. In addition, Brycen is approachable and empathetic when supporting his colleagues.
Brycen brings admin together, aligning the diverse needs of all stakeholders to work towards technology to improve teaching and learning. He is open, flexible and works effectively to problem solve and support teachers, whether it is in the team, in the MS, or across divisions. He is highly skilled and knowledgable in dealing with anything that is presented to him and have consistently high hopes and expectations for the visions of technology. His positive disposition is easy to work with and his energy is uplifting.