Starting my teaching career in Sunderland, U.K., made me acutely aware that the role of a teacher was so varied that one simple word, ‘teacher’ did not encompass all the various facets of the role. I found out that I was, in equal measures, there to question, to support, to challenge, and to provoke discussions, to engage, to lead, to comfort and also to inspire the children in my care to be ambitious and achieve their best. I hold true to this commitment as a teacher and leader and will work alongside our wonderful staff and children to ensure we achieve it.
Having worked across Key Stage 2 I have over 10 years’ experience from Year 3 to Year 6 which has given me a great understanding of the learning journey and challenges that our children will face. I have held leadership positions including Year Leader, Core Curriculum Leader and Lead Teacher both in the U.K. and here in Dubai. Since moving to Dubai 6 years ago, I have worked with Year 6 cohorts on Key Stage 3 cross-phase transition opportunities and I look forward to seeing the world through our youngest learners’ eyes this year when I spend time with our brilliant EYFS staff and children. Most recently, I have worked in Year 6 at NAS Dubai as a Class Teacher, Year Leader and Science Lead. This year I will take post as Deputy Head of Primary.
The culture of learning and teaching at NAS Dubai transcends age. Our school community including the parents, the staff and the children are always looking at ways for us all to improve, learn and achieve at NAS Dubai. I was very fortunate to visit MIT in the summer as part of the Nord Anglia Education drive to put STEAM at the forefront of education and the phrase that came up constantly in lectures was, ‘failing forwards’; as educators we need to prepare our children for the journey to success and all the obstacles that may come in its way.
Outside of school I spend as much time with my family as possible at the beach, trying to paddle board, or in one of the many family friendly parks in Dubai. My family and I enjoy travelling both within the region and further afield, tasting the various local delicacies. Finally, on a Friday morning I can be found reading the papers with a cup of Yorkshire Tea.
I look forward to meeting you at school.