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Catherine Staples

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Reception Class Teacher

I am the longest serving member of staff at the British International School of Boston and have been teaching here since 2001. Before working at BISB, I was teaching in York, UK. In total I have been teaching children for 23 years. My initial degree was in History, and after I had graduated from the University of Wales, I completed my P.G.C.E. at the University College of Ripon and York St. John in York. I have taught across the range of primary year groups. Before I left the UK, I was the Senco at the school that I worked. Teaching in Reception this year will mean that I have taught all the grades from Nursery to Year 6 in my career so far.

One of my greatest achievements occurred when I had just embarked on my teaching career. Whilst I was living in the UK, I founded a Youth Club in a deprived area of the city that I lived in, working alongside the city council and a charitable organization. This club became a popular and much needed resource for the local community and we went from having less than 10 members on our opening night, to having over 250 members within the first year.

In addition to being an advocate for children, I also love animals and am passionate about animal welfare. I am also an enthusiastic singer and have been part of many choral groups. My husband and I enjoy being able to travel, but we are also keen gardeners and enjoy puttering about the home and garden during the weekends.

What do you feel makes BISB unique?

When I was growing up, my family travelled internationally and I attended several International and British schools as a child. I appreciate first-hand the difference a great school like BISB can make in the lives of students and families and am proud to be part of the care and education that we can provide. I came here because I was offered a job; I stayed here because of the unique opportunity to be able to work with such great colleagues and teach wonderful students within a vibrant and learning rich atmosphere.