1) What do you love most about teaching the Early Years Cubs?
Young children are mostly joyful and eager to learn. They love having fun. We also have a great team of teachers and Learning Assistants in the Early Years which makes coming to work a delight. We have a very supportive family atmosphere.
2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?
I trained to be a teacher in New Zealand. After eight years of teaching there, I moved to London where I completed my BA in Education. I learn more each day. The children teach me so much.
3) What has been the most memorable experience to date in your career?
Working with a group of five year olds to turn the entire classroom into a space rocket. We had a very high ceiling so developed a big pulley system in the middle of the room for take offs.
And now for some light-hearted questions
4) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Oh my goodness this is such a hard one but my dream if I won the lottery would be to live between New York and London as I love big cities. I would also like to spend three months in Bali each year to have some down time and a yearly visit to see friends and family in New Zealand.
5) If you could get a selfie with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I love Dolly Parton as she has a fabulous voice and is a very talented song writer. I love how all of her songs tell a story. She is extremely generous. I would love to visit Dollywood. I would look very tall next to her.
6) If you weren’t a teacher, what alternative career path do you think you would have taken and why?
I have always been interested in being an Undertaker and am considering doing this in later life.
7) If you could choose one actress to star as you in a film, who would you choose and why?
Angelina Jolie. She does so much to improve the lives of children all over the world.
8) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?
I love Dumplings so my favourite is Shanghai Dumplings in Carrefour Food Court then Yangs Dumplings. I like to find a new dish to try each week. Last week, I went to Beijing and tried roasted duck and laimgpi noodles. I also love Zhajiang Main.
9) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?
I lost my iPhone last a few weeks ago and found it very hard being without Smart Shanghai and WeChat. I am fostering a gorgeous six month old puppy called Paddy. I love him very much. I am looking for a home for him as I work long hours. I would find it hard to live without him but he needs to have a backyard and to live near a park. He loves running and the outdoors. If anyone is interested in providing a home for him, please let me know. I love having a school bus collect me for work in the mornings and take me home at the end of the day. Life would be a lot harder here if I had to find my own transport each day.
10) Have you got anything exciting planned for the summer break?
I am looking forward to working at the BISS Puxi Summer School. We are planning some fun events and learning around a pirate theme. I am also considering doing a safari in Kenya or maybe some travel in Asia when the Summer School is finished.
Thank you for your time Ms Hollins. Who will be in the Getting to Know You spotlight next week?
Ryan Kealey, Marketing and Events Manager