From a very young age, I remember being passionate about making discoveries, and therefore, learning. This aspect of my personality rendered the choice of what field to study a very difficult one: I wanted to be a teacher and a journalist. Luckily, my parents understood and respected my ambitions, and unfailingly supported me towards reaching my goals. After high school, I enroled in an Institute of Political Sciences where I studied Geopolitics, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Economics, Sociology, Political Theories and History. Upon completing the four-year degree in an intensive three years, I studied Educational Sciences for one year and then moved to the UK to complete a Masters in International Relations at the School of Politics at the University of Nottingham. After another enriching year of studies and with my Masters completed successfully, the invaluable opportunity to study for the PGCE and become a fully-qualified teacher from the British education system crossed my path. I pursued it with eagerness.
I never looked back and have now been in the education arena for almost twenty years. I worked in multicultural inner-city schools in Nottingham and London where I went from being Head of French to Deputy Head of the International Languages Faculty. Five years later, I accepted a position as Head of Department in an international school in Bangladesh, before moving to Qatar. Throughout my teaching years though, I tried to deepen my teaching skills and my knowledge of the education sphere through a variety of involvements outside of direct school duties. I was a founding member and author of a website of resources for the International Baccalaureate Languages options, endorsed and funded by Pearson Education. I became an official IB and Edexcel examiner, and spent weeks marking hundreds of examination papers every year. I also worked with the French and Canadian Embassies on language attestations for emigration purposes.
I started in an international boarding school here in Al Khor before joining NAISAK six years ago, with much enthusiasm. Still keen to take on new challenges, I was gladly offered a teaching position in Year 3. A year teaching in Primary School certainly satisfied my curiosity! I learned that year as much as my young pupils did! I am absolutely convinced that being involved in lower Primary enriched my practice at Secondary level. Watching where learning starts enhanced my self-reflections and my perspectives on Secondary matters.
I soon returned to my initial area of expertise: Secondary School. Our NAISAK Secondary School has been and still is on an exciting journey. It is going from strength to strength and our students are displaying their love in the badge every day, making us incredibly proud. At NAISAK, we believe that every child matters and everything is a matter of choice. Every child has strengths, every child has areas for improvement, every child has the potential to do well and meet their personal ambitions. The students’ learning curve has been steep so far and is following an exponential growth. The physical development of the school has followed the same pattern. It was fascinating to welcome students back to school this academic year in a brand-new building, dedicated to Secondary. Watching our learners develop into well-balanced citizens of the world, ready to get involved and make a change, is what drives us.
Starting a new academic year is always electrifying. Our Year 7 students bring some incredible freshness and laughter from Primary School, our returning students have matured and model our expectations, our new joiners excel at adapting to our specific and demanding context. Challenges are part of the journey forward, but I am confident when I say that I am eager to add more stones to our NAISAK Secondary edifice and to the school as a whole.