Miss Speirs joins NAIS from The International School of Brescia, Italy, where she has been teaching Grade 5 students. Prior to this she worked for 7 years as an Art and Design Specialist Teacher. She graduated from the University of Paisley, Scotland, in 2002, with a BEd (Hons). As a primary Art and Design Specialist, she travelled around 11 different schools, throughout South West Scotland, teaching students to develop their creativity.
I have had a varied career in the 14 years since I graduated. Other than teaching students from nursery to teens and every age group in between, I have also worked as an Active Schools Coordinator, a Drama facilitator and an Outward Bound instructor.
I have completed 2 half marathons and several 10k races. I try to get out and run at least a couple of times a week, but more recently, I have started to enjoy riding my bike again, after years out of the saddle. Before moving to Italy, I was a DJ for local community radio on the Jazz hour. My passion for jazz music doesn’t end there, as I am also a keen singer, performing my favourite songs at festivals and open mic evenings.
I am very much looking forward to the NAIS experience, as it has been my life-long aspiration to live and work in Asia. I see it as a great opportunity to travel to a part of the world which I haven’t yet explored, to try new foods, visit new places and to meet new people.