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Jessica Kelly

Jessica Kelly

Nursery Teacher

Our school is part of a successful family of international schools that are dedicated to high quality education. When researching into the school’s ethos and staff and during the interview process, it became clear to me that this school is where I wanted to take the next step in my career. I already feel like part of a community of which I can’t wait to get to know more.

A passion for understanding early year’s education led me to complete both the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) Diploma and an undergraduate degree in early childhood studies. The work experience gained from this education, and a summer of volunteering to teach English in Tanzania, ignited a desire to impart my knowledge and inspire young children to share in my personal love of learning. I therefore decided to complete a post graduate certificate in Primary education, specialising in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Upon completion, I gained a teaching position, in Reception, in an inner city school of Manchester. In my four years of teaching at this school I taught classes of 25 mixed-ability pupils, with several children on the special educational needs register, as well as a high proportion of pupils who had English as an additional language. This has enabled me to gain an in-depth understanding of the new special education needs (SEN) code of practice and those teaching strategies which support children with SEN, as well as incorporating the whole school "Talk for Writing" approach towards language learning, in order to ensure that all children reach their full potential. At this school, in October 2013, I was appointed Early Years Foundation Stage coordinator. 

I am now enthusiastic to use my skills and attributes to contribute to the education of young children in another highly successful school. The experiences that I have had in many different childcare and education settings, in different countries, of working with children and adults of different backgrounds, religions and cultures, allows me to confidently say that I am a versatile and well-motivated teacher, who is ready to adapt her teaching to a new environment.

The main hobby throughout my life has been dancing. I have taken many exams, since the age of four, in a range of different aspects of dance, progressing the furthest in tap. This hobby enabled me to make many friendships that I consider myself lucky to still have today. Furthermore, my family were at the same dance school which meant that the dance shows that we performed in included three generations – myself, my mum, my aunty and my grandma. The videos of these shows regularly make appearances at family gatherings. The thing that interests me the most now is traveling, with friends and family, and I consider myself lucky to have seen the places that I have seen and met the people that I have met. One of my ambitions in life is to see as much of the world that I can.

Our school is part of a successful family of international schools that are dedicated to high quality education. When researching into the school’s ethos and staff and while attending the recruitment event, as part of the interview process, it became clear to me that this school is where I wanted to take the next step in my career. I already feel like part of a community of which I can’t wait to get to know more.

What Students Say

“Miss Kelly is kind to me.”

“Miss Kelly takes us on trips.”

“Miss Kelly teaches us to count in maths.”

“Miss Kelly keeps the whole class safe.”

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