From there, my experience broadened, working across a number of schools in a very deprived area of the UK. After establishing a School Sport Partnership there I went on to set up another in Derby where I stayed for just over 7 years. During that time I worked as a Partnership Development Manager, enhancing PE, sport and community physical activity sessions for children in over 100 schools. I became a lead tutor and trainer of government funded PE courses for teachers, established myself as a specialist in Dance and worked for the local authority on a health and physical activity project. In need of a new challenge, I went to work for the Youth Sport Trust, a charity that has been working with schools for over 20 years. I have also been the Head of Education for a private organisation working in the field of psychology. This was a very exciting opportunity to work across the UK and around the world helping children and adults understand how they could be the best that they could be. I now find myself almost back where I started but in Qatar – Director of Sport and Community at NAISAK, and I love it!
I’m very passionate about what I do, especially when it comes to work. I bring a positive vibe to the things I do and like to think that most things are possible. Working with children is something I love so I’m definitely in the right place.
I recently got married so I am excited about building a home for us here in Qatar. My family and friends are very important to me and now that I’m miles away from them, some of my free time is spent keeping in touch with them. Keeping fit and active is also a must. Two evenings a week I run a community INSANITY class for men and women. Now that I live near a beach, I love to spend time relaxing there at the weekends. I love to travel and take every opportunity I can to visit new countries. Living in the Middle East opens up a whole new world of countries that are just a few hours away.
I have always wanted to work abroad and when the opportunity came up at NAISAK it was perfect. It was a blank canvas in the PE department when I arrived and it is exciting to see the department grow and develop. The children here love their sport and it has been fantastic to be able to give them more opportunities to take part recreationally and competitively. I bring my energy, smile and ideas to the school. I want the best for the students in terms of learning, the opportunities they are exposed to and the facilities they can access. The development of the outdoor space is a big project for this year. Entering a sports league for secondary students (QUESS – the Qatar United English Speaking School), developing the community programme further, and enhancing our ECA and expedition offer are high on the agenda for this year.
NAISAK is a busy place with very dedicated staff that really care about the children. That is why I love being here as this brings out the best in the children we teach. Our children love PE and being active so they make our job so exciting and enjoyable.
Physical Education has a lot to offer children. Teaching them about healthy and active lifestyles is a given, however, many life skills can also be developed. Through PE lessons and ECAs at NAISAK, children will develop in confidence, self-esteem and belief in themselves. We will teach them the importance of being committed, prepared and dedicated in order to succeed, as well as key leadership and communication skills they can use in all areas of their life.
The office door is always open so if we are not teaching, we are happy to meet parents, take calls and answer any questions you might have. PE has two notice boards which will contain information about teachers, ECAs, fixtures, trips and new community opportunities. Please take the time to look at these boards as you drop off and pick up your children. Facebook will be another way in which we will contact you, as well as letters home informing you about any fixtures and opportunities open to your child.