Following my post-graduate studies in Supramolecular Chemistry, I pursued a career in research and development in the inorganic and organometallic industry in Birmingham, England. After 3 years I decided I would very much like a new challenge and trained to become a teacher. I worked for 6 years in a public comprehensive school in the North of England for 6 years, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My husband and I decided to teach abroad because we were keen to accept a new challenge, enjoy meeting new people and love foreign travel. I chose to come to St. Andrews because of its wonderful facilities and excellent results. The school also places an emphasis on inclusivity and individual learning, which I feel are very important in education. I have been very happy here and enjoyed the feeling of community within the school and the attitude and demeanour of the students makes my job very rewarding.
I consider myself to be a very fortunate and happy person. In work I do a job that I love surrounded by bright and enthusiastic students and I spend my spare time enjoying many hobbies and pastimes. Most of all I like to be outdoors. I don’t consider myself very sporty but I love to cycle and camp and hike. On my holidays I always do as much scuba diving as I can because I love the beautiful things that I see. On weekdays I like to run, swim and enjoy yoga. I also play saxophone whenever I get time. I look forward to exploring more of the world in the future in my free time. It is my ambition to be the best teacher I possibly can at work and to make the most of my time outside of work.
St. Andrews has a very close and caring atmosphere. I know all of the students by name and they know me, too, even if I don’t teach them.
The facilities at the school are outstanding in terms of layout and the pleasantness of the environment, it is a lovely place to work. Our students are well mannered and hardworking, and they are respectful of their teachers and one another. All students are included regardless of their abilities, and the Learning Support Department and EAL Department are wonderful and help teachers educate children to a high level when perhaps without this support they would not be able to access the curriculum.
“My knowledge in Chemistry has swiftly improved in Dr. Siona’s lessons. She is a very active figure in our wonderful school and community.”
“Dr. Siona is a great teacher and I have learned a lot from her.”