Staff Stories

Our staffroom is the world

Imagine a staffroom with no walls – a buzzing community where teachers around the world share perspectives and exchange insights, learning from each other. Global and connected, our people are part of a multicultural family with international career opportunities and a culture of investing in our people to flourish and succeed.

Whether your role is in the classroom or in providing wider support in a school or one of our regional offices, being part of the Cognita family can take your career around the world, with opportunities in our schools and offices spanning Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Passionate teachers

The Cognita team is made up of passionate teachers, many of whom were inspired to join the profession by an incredible teacher they had when they were a student.

Watch this video of our teachers making their #TeacherTribute for World Teachers’ Day to the teacher who had the biggest impact on them.

Career case studies

A career that can take you anywhere

Following a five-year tenure as Head of North Bridge House School in Canonbury, London, Jonathan Taylor was appointed to spearhead Cognita’s expansion into Switzerland. He now holds the dual role of Principal of International School Zurich-North, our first school there, and Education Development Advisor for Switzerland. “Teaching is one of the very few globally mobile professions. Indeed, the facilitation of such opportunities is one of the advantages of working for a global schools’ group.”

Be part of something new

In 2017, when our Stamford American School in Hong Kong opened with its first cohort of students, one third of the founding staff came from schools within the Cognita Group. “There’s a feeling of pride – staying within the broader Cognita team and creating something new. The new teachers joining us are already looking forward to the possibility of transferring to other Cognita schools in the future. It’s very exciting!” – Karrie Dietz, Head of Stamford American School, Hong Kong.

Opportunities for professional development

At Cognita schools, the career ladder doesn’t just go up, it goes everywhere. Take Sarah Ebery who joined us in 2004, teaching Spanish and French in Meoncross School in Hampshire, UK. By 2011, she’d been promoted to Deputy Head – and became Headmistress in 2014. Sarah’s latest move up has been to Madrid, as Head of The English Montessori School. “I’ve received so much support from Cognita it’s untrue. The global opportunities are excellent, as are the development opportunities across the network.”

Making a real difference to students’ learning

Julia Hallett from Long Close School, London has progressed from Nursery Assistant to Key Stage 1 teacher and is changing the landscape within her school with innovative e-learning. “I recently completed my Apple Teacher training online to learn how to utilise apps to create inspirational lessons. I am grateful to Cognita for helping me get to the position where I can do this.”

Faces from our global family

Every member of our global family, whether onsite at our schools or in our regional school support centres, is vital to the inspiring world of education we provide our students. We’d like to introduce you to a few Cognita faces.

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