At university I chose to continue to focus on two of my main passions of English and Drama by studying a BA joint Honours Degree in English and Drama at the University of Hull. A few years later I consolidated my knowledge of the Arts by completing a MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London. My teaching experience at the Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone confirmed for me that I would like to pursue a career in teaching. I attended the Institute of Education, University of London obtaining a post graduate teaching certificate (secondary education) in Drama and English.
For the next 13 years I taught and lived in London and feel very privileged to have been based in such a vibrant and cultural environment, where I encountered many talented students and also helped a number of them be the first in their families to attend university. For the majority of this time I taught at St. Anne’s School, London as Head of Drama and then as Head of the Sixth Form. Before coming to St. Andrews I was a Senior Teacher with responsibility for the Sixth Form and Vocational Studies at Maria Fidelis School, London. When the opportunity to live in Southeast Asia arouse I was able to continue my career at St. Andrews.
I would describe myself as an industrious individual who probably finds it quite hard to relax, so invariably I am always doing something. This might be work, reading a film review or ringing my family. I have a great love of the Arts and enjoy being involved with all things creative whether it be directing the school production, talking about a book I enjoyed reading or watching a live performance. I really like to know what is going on in the world and I always check the news first thing in the morning. One of the major aspects that I appreciate about living in Asia is the global perspective that it has given me of the world around me. This is something I never would have obtained if I hadn’t of made the leap of faith to come and live and work in a country that I had never visited before. A decision I have never regretted!
Having worked at St. Andrews for 8 years I have seen and been part of the growth and development of this school. There are certain aspects of the school that I feel are central and unique to St. Andrews. These include: a friendly and hospitable school where staff, students and parents are familiar with one another and are treated like individuals; a learning environment that facilitates and challenges the students of all abilities; enthusiastic staff who appreciate the benefits of living and working in Thailand; a broad and exciting ECA system that gives many opportunities for children to develop skills outside of the classroom; and finally respectful and polite students who really enjoy being at St. Andrews.
“Ms. Shelley is one of the teachers who really helped improve my self-confidence over the past 3-4 years and I am entirely grateful for it. Furthermore, during the High School production Ms. Shelley helped me understand my character in depth. This allowed me to perform to the best of my ability during the shows.”
“I have studied Drama with Ms. Shelley for three years. Drama has given me a lot of confidence and it is one of my favourite subjects in school. Ms. Shelley has been an amazing teacher and always been there for us. I have learned a lot and experienced a lot with her in drama and it all has been great fun!”