About Us

Mission

Inspiration International Education Ltd. is an experienced Teacher Recruitment firm that connects educators to teaching positions in England. We focus on our connections in London, the Southwest and Southeast England.  We have also expanded to connections in, Thailand, South Africa, and India.  

Our goal is to develop the best international teaching and educational leadership experiences that you can have.

Our Mission is to support our educators with excellence in their international education pursuits.

Vision

To facilitate inspirational professional development experiences for teachers through international education placements in England, so that they may become the best educators they can be.  To help develop global educators that know how to empower and engage the diverse learners of today and inspire the exciting classrooms of tomorrow.

Motto

Coaching students and teachers for success with commitment, integrity, enthusiasm and determination

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About Mark Wickens B.Ed., M.Ed.

CEO – Inspiration International Education Ltd.  

Mr. Wickens has spent over a decade assisting students with making connections with outstanding teacher recruitment agencies in England, the Middle East, India, South Africa and Australia.

Mark is looking forward to helping you find your dream teaching position too!    Contact him today!! Let the adventure begin!!

Mr. Wickens has had an exciting career in education that spans over 40 years in a variety of settings.

Mark completed a Bachelor of Social Science where he studied Health, Physical Education, and Anthropology at McMaster University, in Hamilton.  He completed his Bachelor of Education on McMaster Campus at the Ontario Teacher Education College (OTEC).

Mark has Additional Teacher Qualifications in Special Education, Guidance, and Specialist Qualifications in Environmental Science, Physical Education, and ESL.

Mr. Wickens completed a Master of Education Degree, at Brock University in St. Catharines, where he focused on “International Field Placement Strategies for Faculties of Education” and studied the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” (SoTL) for university educators.

Mr. Wickens taught from grade one to eight with the Halton District School Board near Toronto. Mark went on to hold Special Education roles and was an Elementary School Administrator for the last ten years of his career with Halton.

One of his more memorable experiences was supporting a field trip to Paris, France with 50 Grade eight students.  He was also privileged to work in a school that was designated as the top technological school in Canada. Mark is best known in Halton for being a co-founder in 1987, of the “Special Athletes’ Track Meet”.  It started with twelve physically challenged athletes. It is now, 30 years later, built into the fabric of the Halton District School Board’s end of year activities with 350 athletes participating.

After retiring from Halton in 2008, Mark was hired to teach at the Faculty of Education, Brock University, near Niagara Falls.  His passion was teaching Instructional Methodology and assessing new teacher candidates while they were on their practice teaching blocks.  He also loved supporting students and experienced teachers on their international ESL field placements.

Mark was a recipient of the “Instructor of the Year Award” for the Faculty of Education and also received the “Clarke Thomson Award for Teaching Excellence” at Brock University.

Mr. Wickens has been very active in delivering courses on researched-based instructional strategies to Chinese English Teachers in Kunshan, Qingdao, and Xuzhou.

As the CEO of Inspiration, he is passionate about developing the best recruitment option that teachers can access.  Mark’s outstanding agency contacts are as committed as he is in providing professional, friendly support and service.

You can check out his New Teacher Resource Web Page at…markwickens.blogspot.ca

What We Do

Commitment to Education

Mr. Wickens is a “Teacher Recruitment Specialist” with a proven track record in education.  Mark worked in the Halton District School Board for 31 years in a variety of roles. He was an elementary school administrator during that time for 10 years.  He has been committed to supporting new and established teachers to be the best they can be. For the last 10 years, he has been an award-winning lecturer, international field placement supervisor and international presenter from the Faculty of Education, Brock University.  His passion is providing professional development in China and developing international teaching opportunities for other teachers in China, India, South Africa and England.

Experience

Mr. Wickens has been an International Teaching Field Placement Supervisor in multiple countries during his time at the Faculty of Education.  For over ten years he has supported his students at international career fairs by helping them make connections with outstanding, reputable agencies in England, China, India and South Africa.  He and his committed network of contacts are well positioned to support you on your international teaching adventure.  

Ethics, Trust and Honesty

Mr. Wickens is known for his strong values and dedication to students and his staff.  Mark has worked passionately for over four decades to be a role model for the “Standards of Practice” and “Ethical Standards” of the teaching profession in Ontario.  Mark’s goal is to support you in your quest to have a successful international teaching placement and fun cultural experience. Reliable, honest communication and outstanding service are fundamental expectations that each client will receive from Mark and his team.

Innovative Approach

Mr. Wickens works with two agencies that have a proven track record with his students and established Canadian teachers.  His academic recruiters at REDS and TeacherHub take the time to get to know you so that they can place you in the school that is the best fit for you.  Mark has traveled to England to meet the Headmasters (Principals) and has toured many of their schools.  He wanted to ensure his teacher candidates were working with a reliable and dedicated team of professionals, who knew how to support and value Canadian educators.  

Teamwork

Mark’s placement agents in England and in other international locations have over 20 years’ experience with providing expert, friendly, flexible recruitment services.  We are committed to helping Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary and Specials Needs schools, in fulfilling their short and long term staffing needs. Mark personally knows his team and trusts their judgement and commitment to his teachers. He values the friendly, supportive, collaborative approach his agencies have implemented as they interview applicants and match them to the teaching positions which are the best fit.

Ongoing Professional Learning

Mark Wickens has selected a  recruitment team and school administrators that will support their Canadian teachers and help them to adapt to a new curriculum and a new international setting. The school administrators demonstrated they were dedicated to developing “Future Ready” educators that were knowledgeable in research based pedagogical strategies. Their focus was “Deep Learning” tasks that made a difference in retention of knowledge. One assistant head was finishing off a Ph.D. at Ontario’s Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) with one of our well known academic researchers,  Michael Fullan! Small world!

Creative Solutions

At Inspiration, our goal is to support you in locating an international teaching position which is an excellent fit and provides the experience you are looking for.  We prefer to place teachers with at least one year of experience but we will consider new Teachers College Graduates too.  Our recruitment teams in England will work to help you get your Visa and Health Insurance. They will help you locate accommodation, help with setting up a bank account, assist you in learning the transportation systems and provide tips on what to see.  They will also help connect you to other international and Canadian teachers and hold social activities. .

Amazing QTS Opportunity

Some of our school trusts (a family of schools) were also interested in Canadian students that might be interested in taking their teacher qualifications in England!!  They will even pay you to attend school while you are practice teaching and earning your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). What an amazing opportunity!

Your Canadian Teaching Goals

Mark will counsel you on what you must take into account if you go over to England prior to getting on an “Occasional Teachers List” in Canada.  Plus before you leave, he will coach you, on the things you need to do to maintain contact here with a board of education to increase your chances of getting an interview, once you return.

Let the adventure begin!!!!

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