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Staff Profiles: Michael Aryiku

Year 3 Leader and Teacher (3M)

I qualified as a teacher in 2010 and taught in South London for 3 years before moving to Beijing and teaching at Nord Anglia's British School of Beijing for 7 years. There I taught in Years 1 to 3 and was the Key Stage 1 Academic Leader and Maths Subject Leader.

Whilst studying a Business and Finance degree at Southampton Solent University, I started volunteering in local primary schools as a teaching assistant, working with children and also mentoring older pupils in secondary schools across the borough. This led me to want to follow a path into teaching. After gaining my PGCE qualification at Kingston University, I went on to teach at an outstanding primary school in South London.

There I taught Year 4 for three years, was Maths Coordinator and took a Middle Leaders course as well as being a mentor to trainee teachers. Whilst teaching in the UK, I also completed my Masters in Education through Kingston University, studying the importance of peer coaching in children’s learning. It was whilst writing my dissertation that I decided that I wanted to teach abroad.

I joined Nord Anglia's British School of Beijing, Sanlitun in August 2013 and worked there until the summer of 2020 where I held the positions of Maths Subject Leader and Key Stage 1 Academic Leader. During my seven years at the school I taught in Year 3 for two years, Year 2 for four years and in my final year I taught Year 1. I first visited St Andrews in April 2019 and was immediately impressed by the warm welcome I received from the pupils and staff, its commitment to learning for all pupils and its community feel.

Outside of school I enjoy working out at the gym and exploring different cultures, foods and traditions. A keen traveller, I have been fortunate to visit many amazing places around the world, many of them in Asia. Aside from working out, I also enjoy live music and photography.

St. Andrews is unique because it is a truly international and inclusive school where all pupils and staff are encouraged to be personally, socially and academically ambitious.

 


 

"I like Mr Michael because he makes our learning fun and he is very kind."

"Mr Michael teaches us to be smart and he is extremely funny and kind"