Having graduated with a B.Ed (Hons) from Manchester Metropolitan University, I have been in the teaching profession for over 17 years. During this time, I have have taught across both Key Stage 1 and 2, coordinated subjects such as ICT and Literacy, led successful teams and implemented Kagan strategies, which have played an instrumental role in improving the quality of teaching and learning.
Other than having a lifelong ambition to live and work abroad, there were a number of factors that attracted me to working at the British International School Abu Dhabi. The main appeal was that as a relatively new school, I knew there would be opportunities for me to play an active role and to have a positive impact on its development. Another reason was the fact that it was part of the Nord Anglia Education group, which would provide me with good professional development opportunities as well as the opportunity to be part of a network of schools across the globe.
I was born and brought up in Manchester, where my family ran one of the very first Indian restaurants in the city centre dating back to the late 1950s. Having been surrounded by food enthusiasts from a very early age, I have since developed a keen interest in cooking and often like to try out different recipes or even invent my own. I also enjoy dressmaking and enjoy playing around with dress patterns to create my own designs.
I believe that it is important for teachers to use a wide variety of methods where pupils can develop good learning habits, not only to enable them to achieve their academic best, but also so that they can use these skills beyond the classroom.