Last month, you met Joyram and Intaj, two of iMerit’s Kolkata-based workers who will be contributing their expertise and perspective. Today, we welcome our newest iMerit blog voice, John Simpson. John is an American India Foundation Clinton Fellow with iMerit, and he is working with our training teams to make sure we provide relevant and high-quality training to our workers. You can learn more about him below. Keep an eye out for his first post, where you get a peek behind the scenes of our Sentiment Analysis teams.
John’s interest in international education began six years ago when he took his first teaching job in Piedmont, Italy. Since then, teaching internationally has taken him to five different continents, allowing him to pick up small amounts of various languages along the way. Having most recently completed an English Language Fellowship with the US State Department in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, John is excited to begin his journey as an educator and trainer with AIF in Kolkata. In 2013/2014, John taught English composition and critical thinking skills to young women from all over Asia at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. This increased his interest in working in South Asia and learning Bengali. When not found teaching in the classroom, John can be found reading, playing cello, swimming, writing, eating potentially dangerous street food, and hiking.