After completing a high school baccalaureate, I chose to pursue a degree in Business, Finance and Customs as I felt it would offer me the opportunity to work in a variety of fields. After a few years in the business world (civil and military), I arrived in the educational arena in Qatar. It was a revelation.
I started in the Student Affairs department at a boarding school and looked after all aspects of students’ lives outside of their academic lessons. The rapport with the students, their families and their teachers, as well as supporting them when faced with obstacles, motivated me to explore further opportunities within the field of education and become a full-time teacher. I therefore decided to resume my studies to seek further qualifications in Humanities, Psychology and Counseling, and EAL to strengthen my professional practice. I am now embarking on an iPGCE course with a UK university and starting an exciting third year at NAISAK as a Key Stage 3 and 4 Humanities teacher.
I have been nurturing a passion for birds and fish since a young age. Having travelled for work in the past few years, my interest in these animals turned into an interest in nature. Throughout the Geography lessons at KS3 and the Global Perspectives sessions at KS4, I certainly intend to discuss such passion with my students and encourage them to look after and take pride in their environment - starting with their learning environment. I strongly believe that our youth needs to be attached to and respectful of nature. I also have a keen interest in strategy games, which I believe are a very effective way to develop a variety of skills, useful both in, and outside, the classroom.
The context of the school itself is what attracted me the most to NAISAK: a fast-growing school, celebrating the international and the local communities and their successes, situated in a growing town, embracing an international curriculum, yet strengthening the local specificities, part of a prestigious group of schools whose reputation worldwide is solid, yet where a very supportive approach is embedded by All and for All. In this fantastic context, ambitious learning is at the heart of all.
I believe that learning is a multi-way path. As much as my students will learn from me academic, social and personal skills, I will, in turn, learn from them. As much as I will learn from my colleagues and the school’s environment, I will, in turn, bring my own contributions to our shared success. I strongly believe that liaising with parents is a key factor to our students’ success. As such, my past experience in Student Affairs and my knowledge of the local context will support the home-school communication for the Secondary School.
As always, my main goal for my students is to be a role-model learner, to ignite in them a life-long love of learning and to promote independence. I sincerely believe in the learning muscles, or the ‘4 Rs’: Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reciprocity and Reflectiveness. Such skills transcend all academic subjects, fields of interest and life experiences.
I am looking forward to carrying on leading the same tutor group this year. By being a role-model at all times to my students, lending them an ear, my time, and offering them a structured, yet comfortable, safe, and supportive framework in which to evolve, I strongly hope to support my students’ holistic development and achievements. As much as home-school liaison is key, constructive interactions are essential. Helping my students develop awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses will guide their future progress.