Meet the team
theoryofknowledge.net was set up in 2009, and since then, has grown to become the most popular, comprehensive, and innovative online support centre for the TOK course. Learn a little more about the people who run and manage the site here.
Michael went to school in Cambridge, and university at Edinburgh, where he majored in history and was awarded an MA with honours. He did his PGCE at Exeter University, spending his first couple of years as a teacher in London.
Michael has worked in various different schools in Bogotá and Lima since 2001, and his last position was as TOK Coordinator, Head of Form VI, and MYP humanities teacher at Newton College, Peru, from 2016 – 2020. Over the years, he has also collaborated with Cambridge University Press on written and video blogs, resource development, and in-school seminars and workshops for students and teachers.
Michael created the TOK Coordinator’s handbook for ManageBac (see the first volume here, and second volume here), and has helped them to create many of their TOK resources. He has delivered various webinars to help promote their support for TOK, such as their ‘Around the World in 24 Hours’ event. Watch his discussion on ‘How to set up a great TOK department’ here, and ‘Making the most of TOK 2022’ here.
Michael is dedicated to revolutionizing not just resources for TOK, but also how to conceive of the course itself.
Michael has strong opinions about education and regularly delivers thought provoking opinion posts via LinkedIn. To follow Michael please click here.
Carolina Vasquez Sandoval
Carolina manages the practical aspects of our theoryofknowledge.net memberships. Primarily she ensures that emails and cries for help from students and teachers receive a quick response. However, Carolina also advises on design and usability, oversees databases and makes Spanish translations for TOK resources and communications.
Carolina was born and brought up in Lima, attending school at Carmelitas, before studying at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. She has extensive experience of working with children, both as a mother of three, and as a teaching assistant at the Anglo-Colombiano in Bogotá. She also has the dubious honour of being Michael’s wife.
Andrew Rothman is responsible for producing the Middle Years Newsletter and also supports the development of course material which will provide solutions for school-wide critical thinking integration. Andrew is instrumental in the premium webinars we offer, due to his expertise and natural ability to make complex topics easily digestible and extremely interesting!
Andrew is originally from the United States, but currently resides with his family in Lima, Peru where he is the Head of Secondary at Newton College. Prior to his current role, Andrew worked in both state and independent schools in the US and abroad and has served as a consultant on issues related to instructional leadership for projects sponsored by the World Bank and Peruvian Ministry of Education. Andrew graduated with Honors in History from Wesleyan University and has a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Donald Oliver Fellowship.
Alice is responsible for all our marketing and communications, both to our members and to external organisations. She has travelled extensively and moved from the UK to Germany in 2015. She had the privilege of teaching English as a foregin language to children in Nepal for 6 months and developed the utmost respect for people who choose teaching as a profession! Alice has had two daughters since moving to Germany and feels passionately about education; understanding the many challenges of raising children in a different country and native language. As a non-native in Germany, Alice’s friends are predominantly international school teachers, which enables her to get a good insight into the challenges faced by teachers.
Prior to joining theoryofknowledge.net, Alice spent 10 years in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, working for large multinational organisations in various strategy, marketing and communications roles. She also spent time working in London for a healthcare PR communications agency supporting the implementation of global PR plans for clients such as Danone, Merck Serono and Pfizer.
Paul is a former BBC and FT journalist, who advises on everything related to the media, and helps us to put together the monthly newsletter.
He’s based in Peru, and as well as writing a column for the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, is in charge of the film department at Markham College, Lima. He also runs FeelM, is a learning platform where young people can learn the key skills needed to make engaging and memorable short films
Get in touch with the team
We’ll be happy to answer any question you might have about our resources and support for TOK.
If you want advice on how to deliver lessons, cover ideas or concepts, integrate TOK with the rest of the DP, how to join us, or anything else related to TOK, don’t hesitate to drop us a line!