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You have mentioned that you hope that Keystone can become a place that is known for training excellent teachers and the development of teaching. How will Keystone make these goals happen? Q: extensively about professional growth. We need the nutrition from other teachers coming in and keeping us lively, and thinking about our own practice and development. A: Q: In fact, we already have a number of teachers who are interested in coming to visit and investigate our model, so I can quite easily imagine teacher exchange happening. But I can also see us using the campus facilities to offer training to teachers from across China. I would love for Keystone to become a place where teachers come together in the summer time to explore the craft of teaching in a bilingual, multicultural setting. We can certainly share what we have learned. As a leadership team, we have talked This is a tough question, because you ask who has had the “most” influence. Of course, I have had a number of fabulous people who have mentored me as a teacher. But if I had to pick one, I would choose my advisor in college, Beth McCune. Professor McCune was extremely bright, but she was very playful. To see her in class interacting with substantial ideas - she was a professor of religion - in a flexible and playful way opened up for me all sorts of possibilities about what scholarship really is. And about what human endeavor can be. She was a very effective teacher because she interacted with me in a way that signaled to me that she took me seriously. Because she took me seriously, was demanding and had high expectations, she suggested that I could be much more than I was. This meant a lot to me as a young student from Olympia, Washington. She was my guide as I was entering into a whole universe of ideas, and she got me thinking about the possibilities of profitable relationships between teachers and students. We are a world school, meaning that our ambition is to learn from the world and to learn for the world. We are bringing together a collection of teachers to work and live in a setting that requires us to learn from one another, and a number of different systems. Training for this project will be unique. I believe that schools around the world will see the value that our model offers to both students and faculty. I can imagine a number of different schools sending their teachers to us in order to more fully understand what it is that we do, for example. I have seen this in the U.S. There are a fair number of teachers that visit truly special programs. A family “selfie” at the Peak in Hong Kong Who or what has had the most influence on you in your career as an educator? A: David Beare and Rachael Beare on an Alaskan cruise www.keystoneacademy.cn 31