I have a BA (hons) in Ancient History from the University of Reading specialising in the Roman Republic. After I graduated I spent 10 years working in retail management. I was also lucky to have the opportunity to travel extensively on two round the world trips. During one of my trips to New Zealand I taught English to some Chinese students. This not only inspired me to pursue a career in teaching but gave me quintessential life experience. Therefore on my return to England I spent two years volunteering in a primary school while continuing to work in retail management.
I then obtained a place on the PGCE course at Roehampton University specialising in early years. I was fortunate to do a reception training placement at the OFSTED awarded ‘Outstanding’ school Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery, a 3 form entry primary school in Chiswick, West London. A position became available in the early years team, I was shortlisted and subsequently employed in September 2012.
I believe the importance of early years in education is crucial to instil a love for learning in the child’s life therefore enabling them to gain a valuable start to school. I feel passionately about giving young children the skills to question and seek knowledge for themselves. I chose early years for this reason and am enjoying all aspects of this rewarding career. I decided to apply for a position in China because with my history background I have always had an interest in Chinese culture. I am grateful to have the opportunity to further my professional development at the British School of Beijing, Sanlitun.