At university I focused on my two main passions by studying a BA joint Honours Degree in English and Drama at the University of Hull. I attended the Institute of Education, University of London obtaining a post graduate teaching certificate (secondary education) in Drama and English. A few years later I consolidated my knowledge of the Arts by completing an MA in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London.
I have always believed that learning is a lifelong endeavor and have attended many courses and INSET including the Juilliard training in New York last year. My first teaching experience was at the Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone prior to undertaking my PGCE. This experience confirmed my desire to pursue a vocation as a teacher.
Over the next 13 years I taught and lived in London and felt very privileged to have been based in such a vibrant and cultural environment, where I encountered many talented students from all backgrounds. I am proud to have helped a number of them be the first in their families to attend university. For the majority of this time I taught at St. Anne’s School, London as Head of Drama and then as Head of the Sixth Form. Before coming to St Andrews International School Bangkok, I was a Senior Teacher with responsibility for the Sixth Form and Vocational Studies at Maria Fidelis School, London.
When the opportunity arose to live in Southeast Asia I was able to continue my teaching career at St Andrews where I am now the Head of the Performing and Visual Arts Faculty. I am proud to say that it is a very dynamic and creative team that strives to deliver the best Arts education for your child. The NAE Juilliard Programme has enhanced this quality of provision even further.
I have taught at St Andrews since 2005 and am proud to be one of the longest standing members of staff currently working here. During this time I have witnessed and been a part of the growth and development of the school. I consider myself an industrious individual who probably finds it quite hard to relax, so invariably I'm always doing something.
This might be work-related, reading novels and plays or staying in touch with family and friends from around the world. I have a great love of the Arts and enjoy being involved with all things creative whether it be directing productions, discussing a film or watching a live performance. Along with the many benefits of teaching in Thailand, I appreciate living in Asia because of the global perspective that it has given me.
I never would have gained this if I had not have made the leap of faith all those years ago to live and work in Thailand. It's truly a decision I have never regretted!
Elements that are central and unique to St Andrews include: a friendly and hospitable school where staff, students and parents are treated like individuals; a learning environment that facilitates and challenges students of all abilities; enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff who appreciate the benefits of living and working internationally; a broad and exciting ECA system that gives many opportunities for children to develop skills outside of the classroom; and finally happy and well-rounded students who enjoy being at St Andrews.
Along with these enduring aspects I believe that the growth of the school and NAE's support has opened up more opportunities both in and outside of the classroom for our students with better facilities and an even wider curriculum that includes our collaboration with Juilliard.
“Ms Shelley is one of the teachers who really helped improve my self-confidence over the past 3-4 years and I am entirely grateful for it. Furthermore, during the High School Production Ms Shelley helped me understand my character in depth. This allowed me to perform to the best of my ability during the shows.” “I have studied Drama with Ms Shelley for three years. Drama has given me a lot of confidence and it is one of my favourite subjects in school. Ms Shelley has been an amazing teacher and always been there for us. I have learned a lot and experienced a lot with her in drama and it all has been great fun!”