It is essential for me to be part of a forward thinking educational environment that allows me to utilise my professional expertise. Now that my own children are at school, I want to feel challenged to reach my professional potential as a teacher within an international school setting.
Since my first teaching post in 2000, I have been fortunate enough to have had a diverse teaching career so far. My experiences have helped me become a flexible and motivated team player. My work has included everything from class teacher, to head of Key Stage, to small group special needs work, to only recently Visiting Author within the class.
Much of my work has focused on my areas of specialism; Literacy, Drama and Art and I have also been able to use the knowledge gained in my MA to inform my practise with regard to SEN. The subject of my MA thesis was using Drama to enhance self-esteem to impact on academic achievement and I view education in a holistic sense, seeing building confidence in children as the cornerstone of all I do in the classroom. Alongside this I place empathy, "stickability" and the idea that some of the best bits of learning happen when we take risks and don’t know the answers!
I am an innovative primary practitioner and I believe in child centred education, where our job as teachers is to create a nurturing learning environment in which children can thrive and succeed. I see my role as a facilitative one to offer exciting learning experiences that promote enquiry and use the children to help shape their own learning and assessment. I encourage the children to view me as a learner too, on a journey with them, so they can understand that learning is a lifelong experience. I am immensely proud to be a teacher and feel privileged to play a part in shaping future minds at NAS Dubai.
When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love swimming, yoga, Zumba and all things outdoors. I like to travel and couldn't live without great theatre and good books.