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MarthaMarie Botha

MarthaMarie Botha

F2 Teacher

My career in education began when I joined Pride Kids Academic Pre-school in South Africa as a Teaching Assistant in 2008. After working at the Pre-school, I decided to further my career in teaching, and began a four-year Bachelor Degree in Education (BeD, Foundation Phase), which I completed through the University of South Africa in 2013. 

I joined Nord Anglia International School, Al Khor (which was then Compass International School, Al Khor) in December 2013 as a Year 3 Teacher. I decided to continue with my studies, in order to equip me with the theoretical and practical knowledge to work with the challenges and diversity within my Year 3 class, and I obtained a certificate for an Inclusive Classroom course through Ebdaah in Doha. I moved from Year 3 to Foundation Stage, and have spent the 2015-16 Academic Year as Foundation 1 teacher.  After enjoying the challenge in Preschool as a F1 teacher, I decided to move on to F2 as a Reception year teacher for the year 2016-2017.

I love spending time with family, going to the movies and just relaxing. Family is precious and I enjoy going out with them whenever we have the time. We love relaxing on beaches and visiting exciting, new places. I have two daughters and I am so proud of them. They are both currently studying at a South African University and I love spoiling them.

I am excited and enthusiastic to be part of such a professional and fun team. I am a very proactive, creative and energetic teacher, who does not mind going the extra mile to ensure that everyone around me is happy and feels supported. I focus greatly on building harmonious relationships, instilling a sense of responsibility and encouraging hard work so that my classroom is a fun and motivated learning environment.

I bring my knowledge, skills, experience and my passion for education to NAISAK. I will contribute my time, and will walk the extra mile to make sure that the children in my class are not only making progress in learning, but also enjoying the experience.

In my classroom, our goal will be to learn through play. My first goal will be to establish a welcoming and supportive learning environment by creating a positive classroom environment with colourful displays, hands-on activities, alphabets, numbers and a quiet place where students will be able to relax with a book. I will create an environment that will help students develop positive relationships with their peers, guide them towards their goals associated with managing their emotions, behaving appropriately and following classroom rules.

Two of the most important building blocks in a teacher/parent relationship are communication and understanding. I will communicate through various means such as letters, memos, circulars and personal contacts with families on how to interact with me so they will feel comfortable enough to actively take part in their child’s education.

I will set goals to warmly welcome each student, and his/her family, on a daily basis; I will strive to build genuine and personal connections with each individual. Communication will be positive and I will always listen when parents communicate concerns. I will make sure that each parent knows that their child is loved and cared for whilst they are at school.

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