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New Faculty Feature: Ms. Janine Waines

Ms. Janine Waines joins us this year at the American International School as our High School Music Teacher. Ms. Waines grew up in a small town in southern Manitoba, Canada where she was actively involved in music from an early age. She obtained Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees at Brandon University and a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies in Music from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ms. Waines comes to AIS with 16 years of teaching experience in Middle School and High School Instrumental Music Education as well as two years of teaching English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

What brought you to AIS?

I fell in love with Asia 20 years ago when I lived in Taiwan and have always wanted to return. When I applied for the position at AIS I was immediately drawn to their student centred approach to learning and education following their founding values of Knowledge, Justice and Love. AIS focuses on teaching 21st Century skills which helps to prepare students for the future. AIS believes in developing global citizens who are empowered thinkers able to effectively communicate with others as well-rounded individuals. The vision and mission statements at AIS align very well with my personal philosophy of education.

What is your favorite thing about "being at" AIS?

My favorite thing about being at AIS is definitely the people I get to work with, both staff and students.

Who inspires you? Why?

I have so many inspiring people in my life including my parents, mentors, colleagues and students. I’m inspired by people who work hard and live life to the fullest taking in everything that is put in front of them, good or bad. People who are courageous and determined to grab on to all the best life has to offer and not give up when they are knocked down. Courage is inspirational.

What are some passions you explore outside your career?

Passions outside my career include scuba diving, my motorcycle, travel, horseback riding and anything to do with dogs. I also enjoy science fiction and have a slight addiction to Netflix.

What's in your lunchbox today?

Leftover pork chops baked in mushroom sauce with onions and rice and yogurt.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the AIS family and I look forward to developing relationships and friendships with everyone in my school community.