1) What has been your highlight so far as leader of Year 2?
I have really enjoyed the creative challenges we have set the children this year. One of the highlights of these challenges was inviting the children’s parents into school and asking them to build a small bridge using only paper and sellotape. The children (and parents!) were really engaged in the activity and worked well in their small groups.
2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?
I attended a large multi-cultural secondary school in Cardiff where I attained my GCSE’s and A-Levels. Following which, I studied at The University of Warwick for three years and gained a BA Hons degree in History. I then became a teaching assistant for a year where I developed a love for teaching. As a result of this, I decided to complete a PGCE teacher training course in London.
I began my teaching career in Bristol where I taught in a highly successful primary school for six years. I taught in both KS1 and KS2 and was in charge of Physical Education and several sports teams. This is my fourth year of teaching at BISS Puxi where I have worked in Year 1, Year 4 and Year 2.
3) You were also one of the MC’S at last year’s Garden Party. Tell us in fifteen words or less why parents should go to this year’s Garden Party.
The Garden Party offers sunshine, Pimms, games, hat parading and dodgy puns from the MC’s!
And now for some light-hearted questions
4) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
New Zealand – I drove around the North and South islands over Christmas and think that it has some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. The trip was rounded off nicely by bumping into a boy from my class in a small town in the South Island!
5) If you could get a selfie with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
If he was still alive I’d love to have a selfie with Lieutenant Colombo, I used to be obsessed with this TV series when I was younger! Last weekend I went on a screen printing course and printed his face on a T-shirt!
6) If you weren’t a teacher, what alternative career path do you think you would have taken and why?
Lead singer of a band or a DJ. #midlifecrisis!
7) If you could choose one actor to star as you in a film, who would you choose and why?
Micahel Cera (Juno) for the humour and Benedict Cumerbatch for the good looks!
8) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?
Lost Heaven or Kommune in Tianzifang if it is a sunny day.
9) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?
My dog, my wife and my friends. (not in that order!)
10) Have you got anything exciting planned for the summer break?
I am going to be travelling round Bali and Lombok for three weeks where I will be cycling along rice fields, climbing the volcanoes and swimming in the sea. After that I am going back to the UK to spend a few weeks with my family and friends.
Thank you for your time Mr Jones. Who will be in the Getting to Know You spotlight next week?
Ryan Kealey, Marketing and Events Manager