Doha, Qatar was my first experience as a Head of Department and also development plan coordinator. In Bangkok, I was Exams Officer and then Senior Teacher for reporting and assessment and had the opportunity to lead professional development workshops on assessment for teachers from other international schools and from Thai schools. As well as teaching Geography, History and Theory of Knowledge, I was part of the initial piloting of the Ecosystems and Societies course for the IB Diploma.
I was Deputy Head Teacher in Jeddah with responsibility for the curriculum and academic affairs during a time of record growth in student numbers in the IGCSE and IB Diploma age groups. I was also in-country tutor for Sunderland University’s PGCE teacher training programme. Being responsible for the training of new entrants to the profession is a real privilege, a fascinating experience and a great way to reflect on my own practice.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy singing in choirs, travel and reading about current affairs and British politics.
I am passionate about student learning. My greatest joy in teaching remains what it was when I first started in the profession– helping students make progress in their skills, knowledge and understanding and achieving beyond what they thought they could. I believe that a good Deputy Head must be a good teacher, lead by example and remain consistently focused on student progress.