Simon Brownlie is from Queensland Australia. He was born into a farming family and raised on farms in central and southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. Prior to teaching in Bhutan, Simon went on a six month journey through Central and South America, where he interspersed touring with volunteering with community projects, animal shelters and a marine conservation program. He enjoys scuba diving, mountain biking, bushwalking, rodeo, travel and long walks on the beach at sunset. In 2012, taught at Trashitse Higher Secondary School in Wamrong.