This is now my fifth year at BSB Sanlitun and it’s been a great adventure so far, full of fantastic opportunities. Prior to joining BSB, I was teaching at a large inner-city London school, where I taught both Year 4 and Year 6. I studied English and Sociology at The University of Sunderland and volunteered at local primary schools, running book clubs and supporting teachers. It was this opportunity that inspired me to become a teacher, so after graduating I decided to carry on with my studies at Sunderland and complete my PGCE.
I took the decision to move to London as I wanted to teach in a large multicultural city, where there were plenty of opportunities for me to develop my teaching further and gain as much experience as I possibly could. While I was working in London, I became involved in various working parties; looking at ways of improving reading across the curriculum, as well as implementing a new behaviour management strategy on a whole school level, that was welcomed by both pupils and parents - something that I feel very proud of.
Having spent a few summers travelling around Asia, I decided that I wanted to broaden my horizon and teach abroad. I immediately began looking for new and exciting places to work and discovered The British School of Beijing, Sanlitun. The school instantly stood out to me as a place to achieve this, so I grasped the opportunity to work here with both hands and I have not looked back since!
When I’m not working, I’m usually in the kitchen cooking or on the hunt for new recipes and ingredients. Cooking is something that I am very passionate about and I love cooking for friends and family at weekend get-togethers. As well as cooking, I also enjoy reading a good novel, exploring Beijing’s ever-changing food and drink scene and of course collecting cookbooks - I have a very healthy collection of them.