Hi, my name is Niki Jefferson and I’m married to the new Headteacher of Al Khor primary school, Nick Jefferson. We met in Egypt nearly twenty years ago, when we were both teaching in Cairo. Bizarrely, Nick is from Brighton, England which is where I am also from, but I had to travel to Egypt to meet him! Brighton is on the coast and we are fortunate to live right on the seafront. I have been teaching here for five years and am the Year 4 leader in a large primary school. Prior to teaching in Brighton, I taught in an International School in Mexico City, Mexico for a number of years, again in Year 4. I also taught for a number of years in Ho Chi Mihn City in Vietnam. Teaching internationally has provided me with a wonderfully rich and diverse life in terms of travel. I am fortunate to have visited some amazing countries and met some incredible children along the way. Prior to working overseas I lived and taught in London, England for more than ten years and have a great love for my capital city. I am very excited at the thought of a new beginning in Doha although I can’t quite believe how hot it sometimes is. I adore the heat but know that it will take me a while to acclimatise to such a climate. Seeing blue sky everyday however will be a huge treat as it often rains here!
I have taught in all year groups across Key stage 1 and 2 from Year 1 up to Year 6. I particularly enjoy teaching in Year 4 or 5. I have held a number of senior leadership positions including Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 coordinator. I have led subject specialisms within schools including literacy and numeracy. I am currently part of the SLT in my school and seek to continually improve the educational experience for all children. I am responsible for the behaviour and progress of children in Year 4 and for Science across the whole school.
As mentioned already I like to travel to different countries and to learn about the culture and society of each new place. I have a small house in the mountains of southern Spain and am interested in the language and culture of this particular country. I consider myself to be ´semi-fluent´ in Spanish having taught and lived in Mexico for three years. I like to keep fit and so either visit a gym or run outside and I regularly practise yoga. I have a dog called Alfie, so walking him everyday also helps. Alfie came to Mexico with us but is getting too old to travel now, so he will be staying with my family who spoil him dreadfully. I shall be facetiming him on a regular basis! I love cooking and enjoy trying out new recipes with my friends. Reading is a huge passion in my life and I try to read at least one book a week. Another passion is watching very good movies and I like to visit the cinema regularly, to view my favourite films in comfort and style. My great grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl and I have always found this to be a very relaxing pastime. I like making colourful blankets for my family and friends.
This school will be different to all others I have worked at because I’m looking forward to meeting my new class and all of the children in the primary school. It will be lovely to get to know new colleagues and share ideas. I’m very happy to be teaching Year 4 again as it is one of my favourite years.