How long have you been at BISS Puxi? This is my third year at BISS Puxi. I spent my first two years in Year 1. This year I took on the role of Head of Year 4, I have really enjoyed working in this year group and getting to know all the children and working with the other teachers in Year 4 to create a really fun and varied curriculum.
What motivates you to get up every morning and come to school? My initial motivation to get up each morning normally comes from my dog Ted jumping on me to let me know he's ready for his early morning walk! Beyond that, I genuinely do enjoy coming to school each day and working with such enthusiastic and thoughtful students. It's a real pleasure to see children from so many nationalities working together and achieving their personal goals. I also feel very proud watching children develop from being new to English and to our school, into a confident and eager member of the class.
What is your favourite topic to teach Year 4 and why? This year I have really enjoyed our Themed Learning topics. I worked with a group of teachers last year to help develop a new approach to the teaching of this area of the curriculum and I am really pleased that it has become a real feature of Year 4 and the wider school.
In the first term our topic was about inventions, while this term we have be learning about the Active Planet we live in. This approach means the children learn a variety of skills from Art, Science, Humanities and Digital Literacy, while also learning key skills for life such as team work, perseverance and innovation.
What made you want to come and live in Shanghai and what have you enjoyed most about the experience so far? I had been working at my previous school for six years and was ready for a new challenge. I decided that I wanted to move to Asia and having done lots of research on the best places for me, I chose Shanghai as it is seemed to be such a vibrant city. I love living in a lane house in the French Concession and walking through the lanes and it being so quiet and then turning a corner and seeing a huge skyscraper and hundreds of people. I also still enjoy driving along the Yan’an Lu at night and seeing all the bright lights!
What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai? My favourite restaurant is Kota’s Kitchen. It’s a Beatles themed Japanese yakitori place. The food is great and it’s a good place to go with a big group of people and eat lots of food and have a good time while listening to the Beatles!
Where are you from and what do you miss most from home? I grew up in Cardiff, Wales but lived in Bristol for the last six years I was in the UK. I obviously miss my family and friends the most. Besides that I miss going to charity shops and car boot sales and buying a range of useless gadgets and unwanted furniture! I also miss the range of music we have in the UK, being able to see different styles of band each week or going to a record shop. However, I do love living in Shanghai!