Travelling around South America I volunteered in an orphanage, taught English to streetkids in Bolivia, and taught English in Columbia. I thought this would be my 'travelling fix' but definitely caught the travel bug; rather than check in to the hospital of tropical diseases, I embarked upon a two year teaching contract in Bangkok, Thailand, followed by two years in Nairobi, Kenya, both at British international schools.
I moved to Bratislava to be closer to home, which is Sussex in the South of England, but also somewhere a little different where life could be filled with challenge and adventure. I taught Year 5 last year, and am currently class teacher of 2C. I am also the Maths coordinator for the primary school. My children will tell you that we "play lots of games" but that is my way of making Maths engaging and fun, making it appeal to the children in a way which they can access.
I'm keen to try new things, afterall, as a teacher I expect my class to try new things all the time! I love being outdoors, I am a keen cyclist - you may see me pootling to school on my bike sometimes; I also have a pipeline dream to cycle from Cairo to Cape Town... I love going for a walk, especially in autumn with the falling leaves; whilst living in Kenya I took a group of year 7 and 8 pupils to the summit of Mt Kenya, I also climbed the other two highest points in East Africa; Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro, but I have always been a water baby. Whilst living in Thailand I learnt to scuba dive and love exploring the sea and seeing the creatures of the deep. Here in Slovakia I have helped form a ladies Gaelic football team; it's a crazy hybrid of football, handball and Aussie rules; it's a great work out and proved a fabulous way to meet new people.
What the students say about me
My children generally say I’m loud and lots of fun. Talking to my class this year, they think…
“Miss Cook helps us learn by making it fun…”
“Miss Cook is a great teacher! … She really is excellent!”
“I like her and I learn a lot of really cool stuff.”