I studied for my Master of Arts (Hons) Degree in Primary Education at The University of Aberdeen in Scotland. In between semesters, I pursued opportunities that would help to further my experience in working with children. These experiences included: working as a student leader at an International Summer School, a horseback counsellor and photographer for an American summer camp as well as an au pair for a Spanish family in Catalonia. Each of these experiences consolidated my belief that teaching is the career for me.
I initially started my career in KS2, teaching a Year 4 class in a large school where collaborative working and sharing of good practice were paramount. The following year, I taught in a much smaller school with a larger focus on outdoor learning and developing children’s creativity. Although each school had a different approach to teaching and learning, both significantly broadened my expertise. After two years of teaching in Scotland, I decided to pursue my long-term ambition of teaching abroad which led me to BIS Abu Dhabi.
As a child, I regularly engaged in extra-curricular activities and have continued many of these passions into adulthood. Now I spend most of my spare time being active, I enjoy highland dancing, attending fitness classes, playing tennis, running and playing Gaelic football. From a young age I have loved travelling. I have visited over 20 countries in Europe, 10 states in the USA and parts of Asia. These experiences have given me the opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures. My passion for teaching combined with my desire to learn more about the world inspired me to move to Abu Dhabi.
BIS Abu Dhabi is a unique place to work because of a multitude of reasons. Firstly, with over 80 different nationalities in one educational environment, the school lends itself to facilitating positive interactions between diverse cultures. The approach to teaching is individualised and aims to tap into personal interests and preferred learning styles. This child-centred approach, alongside the be ambitious philosophy, strongly encourages children to reach for their dreams!