Introducing the 2018-2019 Class Afloat Faculty! Meet the team who will lead this year's class as they begin an unforgettable journey.
Fabrice Barbier, Mathematics 12, Physics 11, Physics 12 & Acadia Astronomy
For the past 11 years, Fabrice has lived in the U.S.A and in Belgium where he taught mathematics, chemistry and physics at the École internationale Montgomery and Bâton Rouge International School. During that time, Fabrice also worked as a Care Assistant at the Cope Foundation, Life Centre, College Grinds Cork and Cogan International College in Cork City, Ireland. His interests and skills however, are not limited to mathematics and natural sciences but extend to philosophy, sociology, history and music.
Over the past few years, Fabrice was involved in various alternative and/or cross-disciplinary educational projects aimed at providing the students with a wider view of knowledge and studies in general. These projects also gave students an opportunity to reflect about themselves and their own personal experience, and to help them acquire the life skills they need to live successful and happy lives.
Fabrice draws inspiration from the progressive educational movement and is committed to using a non-frontal and non-directive approach to help his students become more autonomous and responsible as students and individuals.
Q&A with Fabrice Barbier
Question: What makes you most excited about teaching/working with Class Afloat?
What I find the most exciting about teaching/working with Class Afloat is the opportunity to leave in a closed community for a long period of time. Of course, sailing the seas, visiting all these countries is exciting too but it does not equal the experience, both personal and communal, of being all on the same boat...
Question: What port are you most looking forward to?
I believe the port I am looking forward to the most is Saint-Petersbourg. Nothing particular about the port itself except that we arrive on the day of my birthday. Can't wait to see this historical city from the boat as my birthday gift!
Question: What is your best advice for having a great adventure?
My best advice for having a great adventure is: don't let your fears stop you! This experience is like nothing I have experienced before on many levels and I am really afraid to go. But I know from experience that I should not listen to this frightened voice in my head. Very soon another one will pop up and say: See! I told you it would be great!
Question: What is one of the most valuable lessons you've learned to date?
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned comes from Norse mythology. The norns may weave our destiny and decide of our fate but the way we choose to live our lives belong to us. Be an actor of your life, not a spectator!
Question: What book impacted you the most?
There are too many books that impacted me in too many various ways for me to pick one (I am quite a reader!). In the present context though (being a maths teacher) I'd say it was a book about teaching Mathematics I read when I was in first year college. The book is by Stella Baruk and, just like her other books, it largely shaped my pedagogy and my approach of teaching mathematics.