Teaching has always been a part of Mr. Curless’s life. He grew up surrounded by educators, with his mother, sister, and father all involved in the field. This led Mr. Curless to grow up surrounded by school environments, as he learned how students and faculty interacted. Although he was inspired by his parents and their influence as teachers, he interestingly didn’t originally plan on a career in education.
“I actually first majored in Christian studies. I thought I was going to go work as a missionary, but by the time I graduated from college I worked in a couple boarding schools as a house parent. I really enjoyed working in schools and realized that I then needed to get my education degree.”
Beginning as a history teacher, transitioning to a principal, he finally decided on becoming a counselor. This has allowed for Mr. Curless to develop a wide understanding of education and how he can bring positive impacts to students. In addition to a variety of jobs, Mr. Curless and his wife have lived in an array of unique locations, including Shanghai, Baltimore, Cairo, Cambodia, and Thailand. It was in Cambodia that Mr.Curless claims he “grew up a lot,” discovering his passion for counseling after serving as principal for the school he had been teaching at.
Living in a variety of places has allowed Mr. Curless to travel to some of the most sought after destinations. His favorite trips so far have included Bhutan and Tibet, describing them as two fascinating places to go visit.
When he isn’t focused on teaching, Mr. Curless enjoys reading and photography. He likes “just walking through backstreets and taking pictures,” a hobby that he hasn’t explored yet in KL, but plans to in the near future.
Mr. Curless is determined to help students achieve the extent of their potential. He enjoys ISKL’s will to work with the “whole student” to develop their character and personality in addition to academic life. He stresses that his role as a teacher is to help students discover who they are outside of their school work. “Each student is equally important, and if I can play a part in contributing to their development and their growth, then I consider that a success.”