Stefan Johansen

Teacher of Physics, Deputy Head of Residential Life 

Education

  • MSc in Mechatronics Engineering, University of Southern Denmark

Bio
Studied engineering with an idea of developing new technology, spent some years in fundamental technology research and found a promotion into the world of teaching, currently excited to be teaching IB physics in combination with Toon parenting.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
I really like the module on waves - we start with something simple that everybody has an intuitive understanding of, and before we know it the concepts pop up everywhere from the very smallest to the very latest parts of our universe.

Which teaching method you prefer and why? 
My best teaching moments are when I'm absorbed in what we're talking about, get sidetracked by an interesting question and all of a sudden learn something new along with my students.

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
Look for the things that interest you, and improve your skills not because you have to but because it's impossible not to. In practice this means hard work and dedication, even on the boring homework assignments.

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
Any person who inspire others using their strengths while being mature and humble enough not to try to hide their weaknesses.

What is your life motto?
When you stop learning is when you start dying.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
My wife and my children - there are many other things I would prefer to hold on to, but as long as I have those three in my life I would be okay almost everywhere.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What's spare time? When time permits, I like reading science fiction, building LEGO with or without my children and experiencing somewhere new.