From Cowboy to Tech Innovation Coach

UNIS Hanoi’s new Secondary School Tech Innovation Coach, Cecil Mack, confesses to having had ‘every job imaginable’ since he was old enough to work. From a summer spent herding a cattle of 500 cows to teaching students the intricacies of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cecil’s experience is broad and diverse. However, a common theme that connects all his work experience is the need to ‘problem-solve’. 

He explains, “When a student has difficulty figuring something out, I can easily find a solution because I’ve not been afraid to learn. When you’ve been in situations like that, you become pretty creative be it on a film set or on a campsite.”

Cecil became a teacher after working in a computer lab more than a decade ago. He says teachers he knew at the time encouraged him to enter the profession and he hasn’t looked back since. He’s taught an array of subjects at international schools in China and Dubai, and now he’s excited to join the team at UNIS Hanoi. He revealed, “When I was looking for a new school to join, UNIS Hanoi was high on my list because I’d heard of the School’s strong reputation. Service Learning is a huge part of who I am and I feel that’s appreciated here. I’m also excited to be working on learning that’s inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Many schools talk about the importance of global action but I believe this is a school that embodies it.”


Five Fun Facts

We asked Mr Mack to share five fun facts about himself. Here’s what he said:

  1. I’ve visited all 50 states in the United States of America

  2. I once worked for a sci-fi channel making cars and motorcycles

  3. I’m first generation American; my mother was from Panama

  4. At 18, I was a movie theatre manager, which led to me studying film as a degree

  5. I spent a summer working as a cowboy in Tallahassee Florida.