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Sam Blythe

I came to teaching relatively late in life and it was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. After completing my degree in marketing at the University of Solent I worked in a number of different sectors, including finance and sales. None of these jobs gave me the job satisfaction that I was craving for from a career so I decided to follow my heart and become a teacher. Before starting my PGCE I worked as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for a year in an inner city school which allowed me to work closely with the children and observe good teaching practice without having the pressure of being the classroom teacher. 

Once that year was over I started, and completed, my PGCE and knew from the very first day that this is what I wanted to do and that I had made the right decision. The September after completing my PGCE I began my career as a Year 3 teacher in Bristol. I really enjoyed my time there and have since been back to see both the staff and the children. It has always been an ambition of both myself and my wife’s to teach internationally and after we got married in September 2015 we took the leap and applied for jobs at this school. I taught in Year 2 last year and am now looking forward to spending the year teaching in Year 4.

Before coming here I had just returned from my 3-month honeymoon travelling around South America. I visited Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. I saw, and did, some amazing things such as stay in the Amazon Rainforest for a week as well as visit a coffee farm to see how the coffee is produced. I also went to Machu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world. I am really looking forward to exploring the rest of South America in the years to come.

A big reason that I chose to move to Qatar is that it is so easy to get to other countries from here. I have a huge list of places I want to visit ranging from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Vietnam and India. So if any of the children have advice for me on where I should go next and what I should do while I’m there, they can feel free to come up and tell me.

Travel is very important to me. I think it is essential that children understand there is a whole world to learn from with lots of different views, cultures, and ways of life to be experienced. This is one of the reasons I am so happy to be working within the Nord Anglia family. Their global citizen based learning system completely matches my own philosophy on education.

As well as having a passion for teaching, I also have a passion for learning. I try and pass that passion on to my class as much as I can. I want them to enjoy learning as much as I do. I aim to make my lessons as interesting as possible by incorporating many different aspects such as “hands on learning” and using ideas and resources the children are interested in to allow them to relate more to the lesson objectives.

I plan on challenging the children in my classroom and teaching them the value of the opinions of others as well as working hard. I welcome any questions parents may have and look forward to meeting you all in person very soon. 

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