Stephen Toole
Program Co-Director

Stephen is a career educator who has been teaching throughout the world for over 20 years. As a teacher of geography and history, his mantra has always been, “If I am going to teach about the world, I must go and see the world.”

Originally from Australia, he first left home at the age of 27 to pursue a teaching assignment in Atlanta, GA in 2001. Stephen has worked in international schools in China, Germany, and most recently India. In 2016 he completed an MEd research project on the social and emotional needs of third culture kids (TCKs) and the impact of transition. As a result, he has become passionate about the issues facing TCKs and is an advocate who raises an awareness of their unique needs and challenges within the international school community. As a change agent, he is actively involved in his school presenting to students, parents, and teachers about the TCK experience and leads a professional learning team focused on developing sustainable transition programs. He is currently enrolled in Lehigh University’s MEd program studying international school counseling.

He first presented at FIGT in 2018 and has since been an active member, volunteering on the program committee for the past three years. He is one of the co-sponsors of the International Education Affiliate and is looking forward to beginning work on this latest FIGT venture in the Fall of 2020. Stephen is married to an ATCK and they have three children who are growing up among worlds.

Stephen has served on the FIGT Board since October 2020. Contact him at

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