Originally from Cornwall, England, I have spent half my life in USA and I come to the Bahamas after teaching in North Carolina, France and the Sultanate of Oman. My B.A. is in Spanish and Russian, from University of Bristol, U.K, and my M.A. in English from Georgia State University, Atlanta. I worked as a group travel agent and then tour guide before entering the teaching profession. My passion, or perhaps obsession, is travel. I’ve been to 100 countries scattered across all the continents and plan to pop into Armenia for lunch one day in July of 2017 to make it 101. I love sports, reading and languages. I love life and the weird, inexplicably wonderful things that happen in life, hence, I love teaching teenagers!
I am Mr. AbdoulKarim Diallo or Karim Diallo (in short), a native of Niger (West Africa). I am a strong believer in education and I believe that every child can learn. We are all lifelong learners based on our experiences and exposure. I enjoy sports, travelling and discovering places, people and culture. I also enjoy watching movies and I have very eclectic musical tastes. My Sports that I enjoy watching include Basketball (NBA, NCAA), American Football (NFL, College games), Soccer (UEFA, British Premier League, French, Spanish, Italian and German), Tennis (ATP) and Track and Field. Places I lived or visited include Ivory-Coast (Cote-d’Ivoire), France (Paris, Normandy, French Riviera- Cote-d’Azur), United States (Florida, South Carolina), Canada (Montreal, Quebec) and visited Curacao, Jamaica, Cuba. I am married to a Bahamian and have a two year old daughter.
Teaching can be done in a variety of ways in order to be effective. Students learn best when they can connect the theoretical concept with the real-life approach (practical). I also agree that discipline must be in place prior to effective learning. In other words, order must be established in the classroom before teaching.
I intend to work closely with my administration, my peers, parents and with all my students because real success in education lies in partnership. I am very pleased to start a new educational experience with Tambearly.
Many years ago and not so far away, I was born in the quaint town of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera.
Atage 13 I traveled to Nassau to attend the Government High School. After graduating, I studied Medicine at Aberdeen University, Scotland,. And then specialized in Pediatrics at McGill University, Canada.
I was a Pediatric Consultant with the Ministry of Health, and later a Pediatrician in private practice. I retired from Medicine in 2011 and since then has been a Tutor in Science and Mind sports (eg Chess) at various schools.
I presently teach Mind Sports at Tambearly School andwill returnto also teach Science.
My interests include Astronomy, Birding, Mind Sports andRobotics.
A Nassau native, Ms. Finlayson is returning home after spending six years in the United States. She graduated from Wesleyan University with High Honors in Earth Science, after writing an undergraduate thesis on Tropical Cyclone reactions to the ENSO teleconnections with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration personnel. Post-university, she went on to train as a STEM teacher in the inner-city of Hartford, Connecticut and moved on to work at the Talcott Mountain Science Center as a meteorologist and science teacher. Her interests include reading and writing about climate change and science education. She hopes to strengthen STEM education in The Bahamas.