My name is Marty Schmidt and I am a humanities teacher at Hong Kong International School. I have served as a teacher at HKIS since 1990, teaching history, English, and religion courses. Since the mid-1990’s I have also come to assume responsibility for many of the school’s service learning initiatives. From 1999-2014 my position also included a ministry of human care with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Hong Kong, southern China, and others parts of Asia. Bringing my affluent students into contact with people served by the LCMS in Asia has proved to be beneficial both to students and our community partners alike. I work closely with the Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation and the Asia Lutheran Education Association in making connections beyond HKIS in the broader community. I (with Mike Kersten) recently presented at a TEDx event in Hong Kong on inspired education. To see a list of my publications and presentations, hit here.
Both institutions have given me and my colleagues a great deal of freedom to experiment with service learning, experiential learning, and other innovative attempts to offer our students richer educational experiences. Over the years I have become committed to social conscience education, which gives students the opportunity to find their place in society in the context of challenging global realities.
One of the great joys of doing this work is that my family has frequently joined me on service experiences. My wife, Zella Talbot, also teaches social conscience courses.
After a gap year of teaching in a local Hong Kong kindergarten, Christa began studying at Bryn Mawr College, a small liberal arts college in Philadelphia. Our little guy, Micah, will be entering 9th soon.
Finally, my parents, Allan and Sandy Schmidt, are an important part of my journey in Asia. They moved from the U.S. in 1997 to Shanghai to establish a sister school to HKIS, the Concordia International School – Shanghai (CISS).
Several years ago my father was instrumental in receiving government permission for Concordia International School – Hanoi (CISH) to open in August, 2011. Here my Dad celebrates the signing of the final documents with his close friends and partners in this massive, five-year undertaking: Ted Engelbrecht, Dr. Tu Ngu and his wife Dan, and Jacqueline Engelbrecht.
Concordia International School – Hanoi (CISH) had its grand opening on Friday, September 9, 2011. The school has opened with approximately 35 students and a dozen teachers. Here is a picture of my father, Ted Engelbrecht, and Dr. Tu Ngu cutting the ribbon:
The schools on this website are all associated with the Asian Lutheran Education Association (ALEA). To see a list of ALEA schools, please click here.