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Community profile: Ms. Hickman

25 May 2022

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Name and a little bit about you:                                                                                                                          
Hi, my name is Alyce Hickman. I have been working at BIS Abu Dhabi for three years now. I have always wanted to work abroad and absolutely love working out here. It was definitely the best decision I have made to date.  

Where is “home” for you?                                                                                                                             
Home for me is Ashford Surrey, in England, not too far from Heathrow Airport. 

What do you do in Abu Dhabi?     
I have been a teacher at BIS Abu Dhabi, teaching in both KS1 and the Early Years. I enjoy going to the gym after work then relaxing at home. Abu Dhabi has a great mixture of atmospheres, calm walks over the mangroves and lively brunches and nights out.   

Tell us something that few people know about you:                                                                                   
I have recently been on a skydive over the Palm in Dubai. It was absolutely incredible, and I would recommend it to everyone! My next adventure is to do one where there are stunning mountain views and greenery. 

What is your favourite thing about being a part of the BIS Abu Dhabi community?             
The BIS Abu Dhabi community is genuinely so friendly and comforting to be a part of. It is also very exciting to be part of a global community, links all over the world to tap into, enhancing the teaching and learning experiences on offer. I am very grateful and lucky to have this experience. 

What tips or advice would you give to new families joining BIS Abu Dhabi?                                  
I would absolutely recommend talking to the other parents at drop off and pick up. Building a social network with people you see daily is great for both the adults and children. It is nice to chat with those you see regularly and build friendships and even playdate opportunities with those you and your children will see all the time.

What do you enjoy most about living in Abu Dhabi?                                                                               
The weather, it makes such a difference waking up to the sunshine. It makes you feel happier and ready for your day. Also, Abu Dhabi feels so safe! I happily go for evening walks or runs on my own in the evening without fear or worries. Everyone who has moved out to the UAE has a similar mindset as you, so you get along with everyone, it is an amazing place to make friends and have a great lifestyle.


Alyce Hickman, Year 1 Teacher