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Staff Profiles: Ms Alexandra (Alex)

Alexandra

High School Drama Teacher

I studied Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London, graduating in 2002 and joining the PGCE course at Reading University. I taught in Berkshire after moving to a large specialist arts school in Islington where I was Head of Drama and BTEC Performing Arts for three years.

I then moved to the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, where I took up a position as Head of English in a small International School, which was quite the contrast to my London school! On arriving at the school in Tenerife, drama wasn't on the curriculum, so I dedicated myself to building a drama department from scratch.

By the time I left seven years later, there was a full provision of drama across the secondary school and specialist drama ECA opportunities for all students from Year 2 and above.

My two children were born in Spain, and after our time on the beautiful island of Tenerife, we moved on to Guangzhou, China. It was here I was appointed as Head of Drama. I later also took up a position as a Head of Year, which was greatly enjoyable and very satisfying. BSG was a Nord Anglia school. Our family's experience of working and learning in a Nord Anglia school was so very positive that when an opportunity arose to come and join STA, I jumped at the chance to join the brilliant Performing Arts department here. I have taught the Cambridge Drama IGCSE for 13 years and have seen the course evolve during this time.

I'm really looking forward to teaching IB at STA, and I am delighted that my children will have the chance to follow the IB pathway. I love to sing, and across the years, I have performed in different bands - nothing big or exciting, just singing at events and parties, but this gives me so much joy.

I'm in awe of anyone who has mastered playing an instrument, and I wish I could play the piano as I feel it would serve me so much in my life and work. I love directing - I have directed 23 large shows across my career, so my next show here at STA will be number 24 for me!

I do like to run and try to run a few times a week. I definitely have my most creative ideas whilst running, and often if there is something I need to figure out, I will go for a run! I love to travel and feel that we have only scratched the surface of what there is to explore in Asia!

I think they would say that I have a sense of fun as well as high expectations. The most important thing about drama is that children feel happy and relaxed and not intimidated by performance. I also firmly believe that creativity is an inherently human characteristic and that everyone is creative in their way - art is not just for the chosen few; it's for everyone!

There is so much that I already love about STA. When I first visited the school, I was struck by the vibrant energy on campus - so much was happening in all areas of the school, and the children here are happy, confident, articulate and very welcoming. As a parent, I'm delighted already by the learning experience that my children have had, and they are very excited to see how many sporting teams and squads they can join - the PE department is excellent here. I also love that teachers are referred to by their first name - there is something so warm and personal about that.