My name is Victoria Maclean and I live in Glasgow, Scotland. While studying primary education at the University of Glasgow, I travelled to South Africa where I volunteered to teach in a rural school. Following this, I worked as a counsellor at Camp America in Pennsylvania, USA. I love to keep fit. During school and university I was a member of hockey and netball teams, representing them in regional competitions. I would love the opportunity to help with sports clubs at NAISAK. While it will be a big change in my working environment, I am excited about joining the school where I can inspire pupils to be the best they can be.
I qualified in Primary Education from The University of Glasgow where I taught at a variety of stages, from reception to year 6. Each school was different with its own challenges but this experience has confirmed my passion for influencing the education of young people. As a volunteer teacher in a rural South Africa, I experienced teaching with no resources including the lack of textbooks and even pencils. This taught me that that the greatest classroom resource is a committed and enthusiastic teacher who uses her personality and skills to encourage the children to be confident individuals and successful learners.
Having worked in two very different learning environments abroad, I am keen to extend my teaching skills. I believe that I can bring this experience and my enthusiasm and motivation to NAISAK.
I live with my family in Glasgow, Scotland. I have grown up in a caring and respectful family where my mother is a teacher and my father is a doctor. My brother has recently qualified as a doctor and is now working in London. This upbringing has taught me the importance of a caring family upbringing and the value of an educational environment where the teacher can motivate and inspire her pupils. I enjoy keeping fit and the challenge of competitive sport but also appreciate the general well-being and social benefits of taking part in activity for fun.
Although I love teaching in Scotland, my willingness to work in other teaching environments in South Africa and The United States has been invaluable. These opportunities have allowed me to experience different cultures and teaching styles. As a result, I am flexible and keen to adapt to a new, exciting, setting. My teaching style is to build confidence in my pupils, motivating them to achieve their goals.
I strongly believe that a good education is built on a strong teacher/parent/pupil partnership where I give 100% and expect this from my pupils. During my teaching career I have built positive relationships with my pupils and their parents. I look forward building a good rapport with parents, pupils and staff in this new role. I am excited to develop my professional career at NAISAK.