I first began my journey in teaching in Braganca, Portugal where I completed an Erasmus diploma course in Special Education Policy. I then went on to earn a BA in Humanities in St Patrick’s College, Dublin and continued my studies in Brunel University, London where I achieved my PGCE. I stayed in England for 5 years to gain experience teaching the British Curriculum and earned my Masters in Education.
Working in England gave me a chance to experience teaching in many different settings. My first year of teaching was in a challenging, diverse school in West London where almost all of the children spoke English as a second language. This school developed my understanding of language acquisition and provision for children learning English as an additional language.
I then moved to a high-performance school in London teaching Years 3, 4 and 5. The demographic in this school was completely different to my first school and I became the school’s Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator. This role required me to lead INSET training on provision for more able children, co-ordinate borough network meetings and launch initiatives for students such as the school newspaper, a Strictly Come Dancing Competition, inter school challenge days and visits to specialist secondary schools and universities for enrichment programmes.
In 2015 I moved to Abu Dhabi and worked at an international school in Khalifa B. This was an exciting opportunity as I was part of a team that worked to develop and deliver a multi-dimensional STEAM curriculum. I have enjoyed my move to BIS Abu Dhabi. On my first visits to the school I was made to feel so welcome. The sense of community amongst students, staff and parents is very evident.
I am a very sociable and outgoing person. I have a very large group of friends from all walks of life and almost every continent on Earth (still looking for an Antarctic friend though). One of my biggest passions in life is music and dance. As a child I was a very successful Latin ballroom dancer. Sadly I hung up my sequined slippers a long time ago but I still love to attend salsa classes every now and again. Another interest of mine is sport. Whether it’s playing or spectating I love to get involved and keep active. Currently I play Gaelic football with the Abu Dhabi Na Fianna club and I’m thinking of trying out some softball this year. I have completed a half marathon and numerous other road races and hope to continue to compete in the UAE if my knees hold out.