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Staff Profile: Christine Davies

Christine Davies Learning Support Teacher

Learning Support Teacher

I have been a teacher for 36 years! I think the fact that, after all these years, I still immensely enjoy teaching and derive a huge amount of satisfaction from working with children, is probably my greatest achievement. Back in England I have worked in a variety of schools in Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, from a 1,000 pupil Middle School to a 75 pupil village primary school. I have undertaken many roles: Class Teacher of year groups 2 to 6; specialist French teacher; Co-ordinator of Maths, Science, Humanities and Learning Support; Deputy Head Teacher and finally, I held the post of Head Teacher in two small village primary schools.

In 2007 my husband was offered an exciting role within the American branch of his company and we moved to Houston. In order to support my husband in his new role we decided that I would not seek a full time teaching position immediately.

I had researched the British International School of Houston; the idea of working in an international school appealed to me. From 2008 I started working in school on a supply basis then I worked part-time as a Year 6 teacher. In 2010 I joined the Learning Support Department where I have happily worked ever since. As the number of children who have English as an Additional Language has rapidly grown over the last few years, I studied for my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate, so that I am now qualified to teach EAL pupils.

I have been married to my husband Tim for 36 years and we have one son, who is married and still lives in England. I am an avid reader of a wide genres of books and, thanks to my Kindle, I have easy access to purchasing them and read probably a book a week!  I also love swimming, playing golf and generally keeping fit. Recently, I have started to learn to play the piano as I believe it’s important to always challenge and improve oneself. Although I am enjoying learning, I can’t say I am finding it particularly easy to make each hand move independently of the other!! My husband and I recently bought a Golden Retriever puppy and we are enjoying caring for him and learning how to train him. He is very energetic and lively and helps us greatly in our efforts to keep fit!

What the students say about me

"Mrs Davies helps me learn lots of different sounds so I can spell all the words I know."

"Mrs Davies helps me to learn English and spelling. She is always happy and she teaches me in a fun way."

"Mrs Davies is a very fun and interactive teacher. She always helps me when I get stuck."

This School is different to all others I have worked at because…

Working with pupils from many diverse nationalities and cultures makes the British International School of Houston a unique place to teach. I have never worked in a school with so many children from so many different countries. I love to hear their different languages and accents and I enjoy finding out about their home countries, as well as other countries they have lived in, as many of our children have made frequent moves around the world, due to their parents’ jobs. It is a delight to see how quickly friendships are formed and how well they all get on together, even when, often, they don’t speak the same language. They have a great deal of empathy with each other and give good support to each other as they all have the same shared experience of moving home and school many times. Our pupils are resilient, flexible and, above all, they love learning and want to achieve. They are amazing!

 

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