Who to look out for at the IB Global Conference in San Diego

As we count down to our second IB Global Conference of the year later this month in San Diego (26–29 July), we are increasingly eager to welcome the keynote and featured speakers from across the globe. Together, they offer an impressive array of experiences in the field of education and beyond for us to be inspired by and learn from.

Four of the speakers will take part in a panel discussion on Friday 27 July entitled ‘Living the IB Mission’; two IB educators and two IB alumni will bring together an interesting mix of experiences to this discussion.

Jenny Chien is a STEM instructor for students in the IB Primary Years programme (PYP) at Casita Center for Technology, Science and Math in Vista California, and 2017 California Teacher of the Year. Jenny focuses on creating personalized learning experiences for her students.

Mason Ji graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington with a bilingual English-Chinese IB diploma and has since then completed his master’s degree at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and worked at the United Nations among many other things.

Freebird McKinney, also known as “The Village Teacher”, teaches IB philosophy at Walter M Williams High School in Burlington, North Carolina and is 2018 North Carolina Teacher of the Year. Freebird is also adjunct professor at Elon University and is engaged in community-based missions throughout the world.

Michael D. Tubbs earned his IB diploma in 2008 from Franklin High School in Los Angeles, California and was elected as mayor of the City of Stockton, California in 2016. Michael became the youngest mayor in US history to represent a city with a population of over 100,000 resident and is included in Forbes’ 2018 list of “30 Under 30”. 

Read more about all the speakers at this year’s IB Global Conference in the Americas region.

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