However, my first real taste of teaching is when I became truly persuaded. During my first year at the University of St Andrews I took part in a summer teaching programme right here in Poland, in a small town south east of Warsaw and it was here that my interest in education was confirmed. Following my degree, I completed my PGDE at the University of Glasgow, qualifying as both a primary teacher and teacher of religion. I then went on to gain a permanent teaching position in a socially diverse part of Scotland. During this time I gained a great deal of experience of teaching across Key Stages 1 and 2, as well as taking on a variety of school responsibilities, such as, subject leadership and guiding staff to implement the new Curriculum for Excellence. I was also selected to complete a Managing Schools project that my local council ran and this enabled me to work alongside Educational psychologists for a year and gain insight into assessing educational needs and creating action plans.
Leaving my previous post in Scotland was an extremely tough decision but finding the position at the British School Warsaw made this easier. For a couple of years I had considered moving to join my Polish partner (now husband) in Warsaw, however I had to be sure that I could still develop professionally and that my passion for teaching could continue. Thus, when I came to visit the British School and saw lots of smiling, happy children in a bright, well resourced school, my fears subsided.
Travel and learning about new cultures is one of my passions, although of late this has been put to one side as I have become a mother to my son, Joseph. When I find the time, another great passion of mine is reading and there is nothing more I like to do than curl up with an amazing book and read for hours on end. Cooking is another thing that I like to pursue in my spare time and I have recently been trying out different ways to incorporate the very Polish vegetable, beetroot into more international cuisines! On top of this I continue to pursue my ultimate goal of being fluent in Polish, although I still have a long way to go…
Highest Quality Learning
For me, Highest Quality Learning means bringing out the best in all students and untapping each student’s individual potential. It is about providing opportunities that allow all of my students to feel that they can be the best. It is also about planning learning opportunities that will help instil key qualities that will remain with my students throughout their lives. Each learning experience must be meticulously planned to allow students to take responsibility for their own learning and to fit the needs of the individuals that make up the class.
what the students say
I like Miss Cooper because she is very kind.
Miss Cooper is very good because her lessons teach us more than in other lessons because she plays games with us.
Miss Cooper is a fantastic teacher, she always plays games with us that are educational, thinks of perfect words for the word of the day but unfortunately she is leaving us to have a baby!