I completed my Bachelor of Arts at the University of New England, in Armidale, Australia. My majors were English and Children’s Film and Literature. From there I went straight into the Corporate sector where I spent many years in Sales and Marketing. I worked for and with some of the world’s most well-known companies such as AT&T, BT, Microsoft, Sony, and Samsung. This was my introduction to the excitement and joy of working overseas. In 2017 I had the unexpected opportunity to be a Teacher Librarian in a British School in El Salvador, Central America. It was then that I fell in love with teaching and decided to complete my PGCE with the University of Sunderland.
During my 2 years in El Salvador I was most proud of my Junior Science Club, which I ran with my husband, Mr Ware. Over this time, we were able to introduce many Primary School students to the fascinating world of science and they were able to participate in and perform many experiments that they would usually not do until their 2nd or 3rd year of Secondary School. It was also wonderful to see that approximately 70% of the Science Club attendees were girls. I am also a strong advocate for reading aloud to children on a daily basis. I recently completed an action research project on this topic and was able to confirm a widely held belief, that regularly reading aloud to children, helps to build their vocabulary, improve their reading abilities as well as develop their own interest and willingness to read, regardless of their native language. I am a firm believer that every child has the right to read and the opportunity to read for the sheer enjoyment of it. The only thing that is probably more important, is to teach our children kindness.
I was born in the vast red desert of the Australian Outback. Throughout most of my life I have lived in various cities and towns along the Australian Eastern seaboard. I currently own a beautiful little hobby farm with a 100 year old apple orchard, in a little town in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. For the past 2 years I have been living in the stunning country of El Salvador. This allowed me to explore the fascinating culture, architecture and art of the Maya throughout Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Guatemala. I have travelled to many countries and love to explore their different art, music and food. The Middle East has always been one of my favourite places in the world and I love Islamic art. Some of my favourite things to do are scuba diving, kayaking, travelling, visiting art museums and exploring local markets. I am very confident that Qatar is going to be the perfect place for me to indulge in my favourite activities.
I am very excited to be teaching at NAISAK and working with a strong team of teaching professionals. It is a privilege to work in an environment with staff and students from so many different countries and cultures and I can’t wait to meet everyone.