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Staff Profile: Claire Lee, EAL Teaching Assistant

22 September 2019

Each week we will feature a member of staff across all areas of the school including teachers, admin staff, support staff and more, to get to know members of our school family a little better. Our profile this week is Claire Lee, a EAL Teaching Assistant in Primary.

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Hello! My name is Claire, I come from Busan in Korea. As well as being well-known for its beautiful beaches, it is the biggest port in Korea and holds the Busan International Film Festival every year. Busan is the second largest city after Seoul. 

After I graduated university in Korea, I became an executive assistant to the CEO of a steel company. My role was very similar to Anne Hathaway’s in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”. Now I look back at that time was the most valuable time for me to learn skills such as coolness and calmness under pressure, time managements and communication skills.

After 3 years I resigned from my job and decided to find myself. At that time, I read an article by chance that said, “The best city to live in the world is Vancouver”. So, I booked my ticket and packed my bags. In Canada, I obtained a TESOL Diploma and English language teaching qualifications which help me a lot now to improve my skills working in the EAL field. After returning, I taught English in a public primary school.

In my free time, I love to go to a hotel with my family (of course it’s my husband’s duty to look after the kids!) and lie down on a sunbed watching my husband and kids playing. I am really keen on traveling so if I had the chance to travel with some friends that I have met in Abu Dhabi, I am really willing to go on a “girls trip”.

My husband is an engineer at a nuclear power plant, a project between the UAE and Korean government. We have been living in Abu Dhabi for three years now. For the first two years, I was a stay-at home mum and last year I joined BIS Abu Dhabi as a teaching assistant in the EAL department. I am happy to work with good colleagues in our team.