Enclosed are commendations from colleagues, student's parents, academic professors, and employers. These testimonials aim to provide a holistic view of my persona and capabilities as an educator. Throughout my journey, I've been known by various names: C.J., Charles, Mr. Hopkins, and 'the Chopkins'.
"Charles is a true professional, and his presence will be greatly missed. His extensive knowledge of the curriculum and dedication to project-based learning have been invaluable. What stands out most about Charles is his unwavering support and mentorship, especially during my time as a new member of the school community. Charles is not only open to collaboration but an excellent team member who fosters a positive and productive work environment. I will truly miss working with him. "
-Aldaine Hunt- Grade 6 Science Co-Teacher at Korea International School, Pangyo, Korea.
"I had the opportunity to coach MS Cross Country with Charles for two seasons, and it has been very inspirational. He can engage all the students during the practices and help them challenge themselves. Also, it was really impressive the feeling of support and the spirit of belonging to the team that students created, thanks to Charles."
-Georgina Vilanova- MS Spanish Teacher at Korea International School, Pangyo, Korea.
"Charles has been a catalyst for change within our High School VEX Robotics Extra-Curricular Club. His multifaceted role as a mentor, coach, and key figure in launching the first VEX KAIAC League in South Korea is a testament to his dedication. He radiates enthusiasm and professionalism, leaving a lasting impact on our students. Working alongside him has been an honour, and any school would be fortunate to have such a remarkable individual on their team."
-Benny Aulton- Design and Innovation Department Head at Korea International School, Pangyo, Korea.
"Charles coached my son for two years in MS cross country and was also his science teacher. As a coach, he was highly energetic and charismatic, built an enthusiasm for the sport of cross country, and encouraged a growth mindset among his athletes. As a science teacher, Charles's units and lessons were rigorous, focused on standards, and pushed the learning edges of his students."
-Russ Williams- HS Scoial Studies Department Head and Parent at Korea International School, Pangyo, Korea.
"Charles is reflective and well informed and this is evident in his dealings with students and parents. His interactions with parents demonstrate a positive commitment towards student needs and have their best interests at heart. His student-centered approach encourages learning, promoting critical thinking, and developing skills for life-long learners. He can be relied on to support and encourage students within and outside the classroom. His students are always enthusiastic and keen to attend his Design and Science lessons. His classes are dynamic, well planned, and highly enjoyable to observe and I take every opportunity to visit his room since I enjoy watching him teach in practice."
-Lesley Peacock- Secondary Principal at The American School of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
"Charles is proactive, creative, and thorough. When given a task or responsibility, he takes charge and goes above and beyond what is asked of him. Given problems to solve, he finds unique solutions that weren't initially considered. In all of his work, he shows an attention to detail and pride in his work that is commendable. He is an exemplary colleague."
-Garrett Austin- MYP Coordinator at The American School of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Mr. Hopkins was a really inspirational teacher for Oliver. Oliver really thrived in Mr. Hopkin's design class. As a parent, you always felt that the interaction between Oliver and Mr Hopkins was great, which brought out the best in Oliver. Mr. Hopkins always thought out the box and extended their design classroom to the outdoors. This resulted in the construction of a Bamboo Raft for various teams, which Oliver and the rest of the students really enjoyed. This just showed Oliver and other students practical skills that are not always seen in the classroom environment. This same interaction extended onto the soccer field where Oliver was the TASOK MS team captain. The TASOK MS soccer team really played hard for Mr Hopkins (Mr Chopkins). They had such a great Team Spirit going. The Team had been coached really well and were fit and had won all of their matches and were looking forward to competing at the tournament at the American School of Mozambique in March 2020. This sadly never happened due to the onset of Covid. His interpersonal relationships with all students and players from different cultures and background was always vibrant and uplifting. Mr. Hopkins is sorely missed by the students, parents, and work colleagues as he was a larger than life character at TASOK.
"Charles Hopkins has an impressive combination of talent and intelligence. He loves life and energizes and empowers everyone he interacts with."