Rhian gained her PGCE qualification for Middlesex University and began her teaching career at The Queen Elizabeth Boys School in Barnet, then she spent four years at St Clement Danes School in Hertfordshire, followed by three years at Caxton College boarding school, Valencia, Spain before arriving in China. Rhian is in her eleventh year of teaching and the profession has enabled her to work and travel extensively throughout Europe and now Asia.
Rhian’s relocation to The British International School Shanghai, Puxi was motivated by the school's premium facilities, quality teaching and learning and high performance ethos. As a teacher,ve she belies in offering an exceptional education and life-changing experience for students by emphasizing learning through a positive school environment. In the classroom, she believes it is her responsibility to personalize learning to meet the needs of individual students and to be innovative in selecting teaching styles to stimulate them as learners. She feels BISS Puxi is an ambitious and successful school and this has been achieved by sustaining a respectful and honest environment in which students can become well motivated, independent learners. The partnership at BISS Puxi between pupils, parents and colleagues has been key to ensuring that all are involved in a dialogue where success can be celebrated and strategies for improvement can be identified.
Rhian’s passion for art has led her to travel and experience art in a range of contexts, she especially enjoys the variety of gallery spaces, immense diversity in art and outdoor sculptural parks and spaces scattered around Shanghai’s streets. Rhian feels inspired and motivated by engaging with people from diverse backgrounds, immersing herself in cross-multilingual communities and celebrating differences. Rhian enjoys many outdoor activities and in her leisure time relishes the prospect of discovering the historical haunts of Shanghai and its neighbouring towns. She also enjoys cooking but is partial to the culinary delights Shanghai has to offer from street food to its world class restaurants .
What the students say about me...
"I enjoy art because Miss Dixon encourages us to share our ideas, she complements our artwork, gives constructive feedback that is positive and motivates us."
"Miss Dixon gets excited, tries lots of different and fun techniques with us and makes us feel happy and proud about what we do".
"Miss Dixon inspires us to bring all our creative ideas to paper, she does give quite a lot of homework though!"
"I enjoy listening to Miss Dixon's stories, she always describes new things about art and makes it entertaining through her sense of humour".