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Pleased to Meet You...Amy O'Connor

06 June 2014

This week we spoke to Amy O’Connor, Year 1 Class Teacher.

  • This week we spoke to Amy O'Connor, a Year 1 Class Teacher at BISS Puxi

How long have you been at BISS Puxi? Since the beginning of this school academic year, I was teaching in Beijing for 3 years before that.

What do you enjoy most about working here? The enthusiasm of the children every single day. At BISS Puxi the children want to come to school to learn new things every day and this is apparent as soon as I step onto the playground every morning! BISS Puxi is one of the most welcoming schools I’ve worked in and the children are so accepting of each other, coming from every corner of the world!

What’s your favourite book to read to your class? ‘Pirate stories’! I read this book at the start of this term with my class. I read it in a pirate voice and then we all tried out our pirate voices! Every time we lined up, the children pretended they were walking the plank….we got some funny looks in the playground. The class were so enthused by this that they have requested that we read it every day since! Two of the children even found the book and brought in copies of their own.

What do you like most about teaching Year 1? Every day in the classroom is different and something happens that you don’t plan for - good and sometimes not so good! The children are so impressionable at this age and you realise how much of an impact you have on them.

Where’s your favourite place in Shanghai? The Bund! I love to run along the Bund in the evening as the lights come on. Plus, the skyline is modelled on Liverpool’s so that’s a bonus coming from a family of Liverpudlians!

Where are you from and what do you miss most about home? I come from a place in the north-west of england called Macclesfield. I miss the greenery of the hills, the freshness of the countryside, but most of all having Boots the chemist around the corner.