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Getting to Know You…. Ms Rudd

12 January 2016

As Tanzania Expedition Leader, Ms Rudd has been an active contributor to our blog over the past couple of years. Ms Rudd has led various initiatives in-school such as the Scavenger Hunt and ‘’Grow a Tache’’ that have been engineered to raise funds for our projects in the country.

  • April Rudd

This week, the latest ‘’Getting to Know You’’ edition turns the spotlight on Ms Rudd and finds out about her notable sporting success in 2001.

1) Can you tell me more about your role at BISS Puxi?

I am a Maths teacher here in secondary but have also been involved in co-organising the Tanzania trip for the last two academic years. I teach from Year 7 up to Year 13 and also look after Year 8 tutor group, 8I.

2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?

I loved languages at school and have 3 A/A* grades in German, French and Russian. However, Maths was my true strength and I went on to do Economics at degree level, which contains a lot of calculations, formula and graphs. After university, I decided an office job was not for me and began teacher training the following year in the south of England. Three years later, I moved to China to begin my international school teaching career.

3) What has been the most memorable experience to date in your career?

I was extremely proud of my Year 10’s IGCSE grades last year, as they achieved an excellent twenty A*s and an A between them. Extra-curricular-wise though, it would have to be seeing the smiles on the faces of both our BISS Puxi pupils and the local people we helped in Tanzania when we went on expeditions there. The hard work our pupils put into fundraising and the community projects was incredibly admirable and they were heavily rewarded with the gratitude of the people we helped.

And now for some light-hearted questions.

4) What do you like to do in your spare time in Shanghai?

I like to go exploring Shanghai by just leaving my house and wandering around the little streets in the Old Town or the tree-lined roads of the French Concession. With just a camera and a friend to chat with, there is no better way to see the city.

5) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?

That’s such a tough question as there’s an incredible range in Shanghai. It depends on how I feel but I do love South-East Asian food, so perhaps the Home Thai restaurant on Huaihai Lu. It’s near my house too so that makes it even more appealing!

6) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?

My friends, my iPhone (for the camera, FaceTime and maps!) and CoCo bubble teas.

7) What’s your favourite holiday destination in the world?

The Philippines – I went to Coron and Bohol in October and it was magical. The scenery, pace of life, friendliness of the people, the beaches, the sea…all amazing! I feel like each island is different so I would love to go back.

8) Hockey or Netball?

Definitely netball. I was a South Leicestershire netball champion in 2001, and am still hanging on to that glory now…

9) Winter or summer?

Can I be awkward and say spring?

10) And finally, what are your hopes and aspirations for 2016?

I hope to continue living a happy, healthy life in Shanghai surrounded by my lovely friends and I aspire to continue bettering myself as a teacher as I gain more and more experience teaching at BISS Puxi.

Thank you for your time Ms Rudd.

Stay tuned for another edition of ‘’Getting to Know You’’ next week.

Ryan Kealey, Marketing and Events Manager

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