Meet Dr. Govind Pandey, Physics Chair and Teacher at BASIS International & Bilingual School Chengdu. With a wealth of experience in education, Dr. Pandey has made his mark teaching around the globe, from India and Singapore to Egypt, the UK, the USA, and Europe. Inspired by his educator parents, he’s passionate about sharing his unique international teaching journey and the joys it brings. Dr. Pandey offers advice for aspiring overseas teachers: embrace an open mind and be adaptable and supportive while keeping your students at the heart of your work.
What made you decide to pursue a career in education?
I grew up in a family of teachers. My father is a retired professor of Physics from the University of Allahabad in India, and my mother is a school teacher. My parents inspired me to become a teacher.
What influenced you to teach abroad? Why in China?
I was a university teacher until a friend of mine introduced me to International Baccalaureate (IB). I took a one-year sabbatical to try out teaching high school physics to IB Diploma students and never looked back. One of the traits of an IB teacher is “international mindedness.” Teaching internationally can be a way to gain international mindedness, which I bring to my class/lessons.
What do you enjoy most about teaching internationally?
I have taught in India, China, Singapore, Egypt, the UK, the USA, and Europe. Teaching internationally allows me to know the learning styles of students from different nationalities. It also gives me a chance to explore the world around me.
What has been most rewarding about being part of the founding faculty at a new BASIS school?
My decision to be a founding faculty member was fueled by my desire to learn, explore, and excel. It was an opportunity to explore AP and BASIS curricula, which are so popular across the globe. I can personally say the BASIS Curriculum is one of the best I have seen so far. I’m learning horizontal and vertical alignments. I like the backward mapping of the BASIS Curriculum. Pacing can be an issue, but as an experienced educator, I know what’s manageable.
When you came to China, what was pleasantly surprising?
Culture, food, people, and respect.
What type of support did you receive from BASIS International Schools to ease the transition of moving overseas?
All that an expat teacher would ever require. The senior management team and HR at BASIS are second to none. Communication at BASIS is excellent.
What advice would you give to teachers who are considering working overseas?
I strongly encourage teachers to opt for an international teaching career. My philosophy for moving abroad is: Be open-minded, adaptive, and supportive of your new environment and always think about your students.
Dr. Govind Pandey
Physics Chair and Teacher
BASIS International & Bilingual School Chengdu
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