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Kathryn Champness

Kathryn Champness

Year 2 Alligators Class Teacher

Born in Western Australia, I completed a BA in Social Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Perth. With my degree completed, I decided to travel, stopping in London for an extended period to work as an Assistant Manager of a popular London pub. It was while working here that I decided to become a teacher and completed my Australian teaching qualifications in 2003. Upon my return to London, I quickly obtained qualified teaching status in both England and Scotland, and spent 8 rewarding years teaching in the independent and maintained sectors. During this time, I taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and was a school Health & Safety Co-ordinator.

My explorative nature steered me towards taking my professional career to other foreign lands. In 2012, my husband and I embarked on the exciting opportunity to teach in China at the Nord Anglia British School of Guangzhou. Not only was this a thoroughly enjoyable 3 years, here I was presented with many exciting and challenging opportunities, such as taking students on a residential to Hong Kong and becoming the Primary Maths Coordinator. It is due to these very positive experiences that my husband and I made the decision to return to China to work at Nord Anglia BSB Sanlitun.

My general philosophy towards life is to remain open-minded and to learn from my experiences. I have a ‘can do’ attitude and like to try new things. As a result, I have developed a broad array of interests, from quiet pursuits such as bird watching to more energetic activities like swing dancing. More recent hobbies include running, sewing and fell walking, the last of which I’ve had a great opportunity to develop whilst living in England’s spectacular Lake District. In moving to Beijing, I look forward to the many adventures that being in this dynamic and vibrant city will offer. Improving my Mandarin skills, seeing a snow leopard and learning the secrets of Asian cookery are on my list of things to do.

 

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