My interest in teaching stemmed from my time being an Assistant Language Teacher in Japanese schools on behalf of the JET Programme and also from my experience being a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at The British School of Tokyo for a number of years. These experiences led me to return to the UK to do my PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Before coming to BSB, I taught at a school in Milton Keynes graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted as well as in a wide range of schools as a Supply Teacher. Both experiences enabled me to learn different approaches and strategies which I believe enhanced my teaching practice. During this time, I also obtained a CELTA qualification, something that I know benefits and supports my students at BSB. Regarding my teaching style, I believe that learning should be a fun and engaging experience, which can be achieved through using ‘active learning’ strategies.
Outside of school, I enjoy exploring the countryside, particularly places off the beaten track. Otherwise, interests include travelling, drawing cartoons, singing and learning languages – in particular, Japanese and Chinese. With an interest in history, I also hope to explore even more of China’s many sights this year.