Brian Tupper has dedicated his entire career to student learning. Having taught and learned from students all over the world, he would go on to found Florida International School, a fully-virtual international school that provides students with the same award-winning curriculum found at top international schools in Asia and Europe. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, two Faculty Global Leader awards from Korea International School, and a Twenty-first Century Learner International Teacher of the Year finalist nomination, he brings that same passion for education to his own school, free of political or corporate interest. His curriculum uses primary sources to teach students an unbiased history, teaching students HOW to think critically, rather than being taught WHAT to think. With a greater understanding of our past, he is able to prepare students for their future through a project-based approach to STEM education, aligning performance tasks, stream content, and service learning opportunities to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
His first student, Aliza Akmal, has been a part of the school since May 2019. A trilingual Pakistani girl who has learned in parts of Pakistan, Malaysia, and Thailand, she has thrived under the Florida International School banner. Now 17 years old, Aliza is on pace to become Florida International School’s first graduate and receive her Green Education Diploma on August 14, 2022. She’s committed to being an integral part of the school as she leaves her home in Thailand and returns to her home country of Pakistan, where she will honor one of her own inspirations, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, in hopes of bring Florida International School to other Pakistani girls who are willing to invest their time and efforts into learning and preparing for their future.