At IST, our teachers are our primary assets

This week we continue with insights into our teaching staff, the most valuable assets at IST. We take this opportunity to introduce you to Lisa, our much beloved lower primary Homeroom teacher and PYP Coordinator as well as Martin, our math and science teacher.

Lisa Parker – Grade 1/Grade 2 homeroom teacher and PYP Coordinator

I am a qualified teacher from the UK, I gained my teaching qualification in 2002 and worked long term in two different primary schools. During this time, I gained experience with all age groups in the primary field. My work included teaching all curriculum subjects which and I am confident and experienced in these areas. I feel it is essential to create a safe, structured and creative working environment to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

I have also had leadership experience as a Mathematics Co-Ordinator and Design technology leader. My favourite subjects are Mathematics and Science, and I am confident in excelling gifted children in clear and exciting ways.

I support my school fully, and I am a hard-working, enthusiastic person. I like the opportunity to share my ideas and successful teaching practices with colleagues. I feel a comprehensive approach to teaching is vital, and I ensure consistency in all areas of my teaching.

My teaching experiences

St Bernadette’s RC Primary School
Harrow, Middlesex as Primary Classroom teacher – Design technology and Mathematics co-ordinator

Blessed Dominic RC Primary School
Graham Park, London.
Year 6 and Year 3 Classroom teacher

I was fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Asia, Australasia, South America and Europe during gaps from teaching and this has given me a chance to experience a variety of cultures. This has made me fully appreciate the wider world and enriched me. I look forward to being able to pass on skills and knowledge I have acquired while on my travels.

Education and Awards:
1998-2001 Nene University, Northampton, England
Degree: – Bachelor of Education with History and Drama (Honours)

2001-2002 St Mary’s College, Twickenham, England
Post Graduate Certificate of Education – Qualified teacher status
Specializing in Science.

My Teaching Philosophy

It is essential that all children are given the opportunity to learn in a safe, fun and stimulating environment. Learning is a beautiful gift, and I believe that children will have the most success when they are empowered to take control of their own learning. It is vital to ensure they have the chance for self-reflection and create their personal learning goals. Learning should be a fun and exciting experience that captures a child’s creativity and enables them to believe in themselves and their own ability.
I always encourage respect for one another as this is an attitude that is required inside and outside the classroom. I aim to make my class a place that the children enjoy and feel proud.


Martin Tamm

Throughout my educational years, I have studied in many schools both in Estonia and Russia. I started my high school years at Anglo-American School of St. Petersburg in Russia until grade ten.

I successfully graduated from the IB Diploma Programme at English College in Tallinn.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Tallinn University of Technology in the field of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology. At the moment I am wrapping up my master’s degree studies at Tartu University in Higher Science Education. I am experienced in teaching sciences and mathematics.
For four and a half years I worked as a math and science teacher and was the head of the Maths and Science department at Kadriorg German Gymnasium. Here I coordinated the work of my colleagues. I am actively participating in projects to help further the science education evolve and be more “technical”.

My educational philosophy is that the teacher is a mentor, a supportive figure in studies and in growth for the students. Whenever there is a concern or a problem, a teacher can support the students in finding the best solution. I always listen to my students when they have something to propose or whenever they just need to talk to someone.