After studying at the University College of Winchester, where I completed a degree in Primary Education with an Early Years specialism, I taught in two Reception classes in Portsmouth. I worked with the Early Years team to develop the personal, social, and emotional needs along with basic numeracy and literacy skills. There, I learned a lot about using literacy, stories, and hooks to introduce themes to enthuse the children. I also lead P.E for the whole school. Then I taught in a Primary School in Southampton in the Reception class for four years and one year in Year 1. I was responsible for overseeing a number of programs, which included the leading of a phonics initiative for the city of Southampton, as well as being given the opportunity to supervise the launch of a successful Numicon pilot scheme. In addition to this, I was the coordinator of physical education for the school and completed a middle leader’s course from Southampton LA.
Before coming to Boston I taught an NAE sister school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Teaching for 4 years in the Nursery class (3-4 year olds) and then one year in the 2-3 year old class. I taught diverse classes of Early Years’ students to develop the basic skills they will need to carry them on their educational journey through the rest of their lives. One way that this was delivered was through the teaching of phonics. I was responsible for overseeing for the entire lower school. Another initiative I successfully drove forward relates to outdoor learning and play. I also enjoy supporting other teachers and helping them to develop their own practice. I enjoyed this support and mentoring role during my last year in Charlotte whilst I headed up the 18 month and 2-year-old program. I supported the lead Learning Assistants with the setup, planning, assessment, and the driving of outstanding Early Years’ practice. Since working at both The British International School of Charlotte and The British International School of Boston, I have had many opportunities to work with the older students in a range of activities from leading the lower school play, mentoring Year 8 students with the leadership scheme, being a chaperone on the ski trip, accompanying 5 of our students to Tanzania and running a ‘Girls on the Run’ running club. This has helped me to develop both my teaching and my own leadership qualities too, especially when thinking about leading, making a difference, and inspiring people rather than just doing things for them.
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In my spare time I like to keep fit and enjoy going to the Gym regularly and running as well as being interested in cooking and spending time with friends and family. I love experiencing new things, especially when it comes to travel and learning about new cultures. I have enjoyed visiting many different states in America and I am looking forward to exploring Boston, Massachusetts and the surrounding states.
I have really enjoyed working for Nord Anglia and I am excited to continue this journey at BISB. I feel that their philosophy of instilling into the students and staff to ‘Be Ambitious,’ promoting open mindsets, and the personalized learning approach with the spiraling curriculum that is offered to all students, matches my own.