I have come to teaching a little later in life, after working in retail and management. My passion and enthusiasm for helping other people were one of the main catalysts for applying for a PGCE. I went on to complete my PGCE with West Midlands Consortium through Staffordshire University. During the course, I completed placements in Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and a Special Needs School. This wide variety of experience has equipped me with skills that are transferable throughout the school.
When I moved to Doha, I just couldn’t pass on an opportunity to work in a diverse, supportive forward-thinking school that is at the heart of the community. The school and I share a number of core values that include being ambitious and allowing children to succeed through inspirational and creative teaching.
I believe that all children are entitled to the right to engage in a broad, balanced and inspiring curriculum in which they are able to develop and achieve their learning potential, both academically and socially. My aim is to provide children with the opportunity to excel in all areas. Through support and encouragement, I would like to develop their love for learning, inspire them to succeed but also encourage them to become independent and creative learners.
I have always been a keen sportswoman, adventurist and I love the great outdoors. I have been lucky enough to share the love of outdoors and sports coaching with friends and family. This includes living in Tanzania while completing a marine survey for a new national park to help protect endangered species; summiting Mount Kilimanjaro; spending four summers in America at a camp which specialises in outdoor education for children, and one of my proudest achievements to date was reaching the base camp of Mount Everest. Over the last 2 years, I have been lucky enough to have another proud moment; when I helped coach the girls’ sports team to 2 different medals. I’m hoping to make that a third medal this year! Let’s go NAISAK!!
I am very excited this year to be Head of Year One, as well as taking on the role of Reading Leader. I have a passion for phonics and early reading, and cannot wait to see the positive impact I can have on the pupils here at NAISAK.