John Troxler Teacher of History and Politics, Rogerson Assistant Housemaster, Rugby Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach
I joined Merchiston after spending my NQT year in the Orkney Islands. I have spent four years here as a Teacher of History and Politics. This has allowed me to teach a broad range of ages, abilities and ideas.
The level of engagement shown by the boys during lessons makes them a pleasure to teach and leads to a real buzz during lessons. My own historical interests lie very much in the 20th century. However, I have really enjoyed teaching the Tudors topic at A-Level; what’s not to like about delving into the depths of a dynasty with clear parallels to Game of Thrones!
Outside of the classroom, I have lived on-site as a Resident Tutor in Rogerson since my appointment and I look forward to taking up the post of Assistant Housemaster in the same House from the 2019-20 academic year. Getting to know the boys outside of their academic pursuits is one of the highlights of working at Merchiston, with both staff and pupils benefitting from the positive relationships this provides.
As a keen rugby player myself, I really enjoy being involved with the School’s rugby programme. With the School having such a strong tradition in this area, it is great to be involved at such an exciting time. Furthermore, the School’s burgeoning strength and conditioning programme is now clearly showing the undoubted impact which it has on sporting performance. Seeing so many boys benefit from this makes the early morning starts for the gym a lot easier!
I am a keen rugby player, with wider interests in health and fitness. When I’m not up with the larks, I enjoy reading, socialising and planning our next holiday away with my wife.
Coaching Pringle Rugby in my first year gave many funny moments, including me preparing a session worthy of the All Blacks, only for it to descend into chaos after 5 minutes.
Completing my MEd ‘on-the-job’ was difficult, but has certainly made me value my free time.