My teaching career began in 2012, when I graduated from the University of Wales, Newport, with a BA (Hons) in Primary Studies. Within my first teaching role, I taught every year group within KS2, whilst leading Computing, P.E, and becoming Head of Lower Key Stage 2; this included a special needs resource-based classroom. Whilst teaching in Wales, I was fortunate to be approached by the Education Achievement Service to collaborate on a group project to raise Literacy standards across South-East Wales. It is still encouraging to hear the positive impact my published planning is having on student outcomes across the country, today.
Whilst studying in University, and during my summers as a teacher, I worked at a summer camp in Michigan, for seven summers; this inspired me to teach, and pursue a career in the States. In 2016, I seized the opportunity to work at the British International School of Chicago – South Loop. For the past four years, I have taught Year 5, and Year 6, leading Literacy for the whole primary. Despite the harsh winters, Chicago is a beautiful city to explore, and the school offers truly global opportunities to enrich learning. Teaching in a Nord Anglia school, it is fantastic to have so many wonderful resources available, along with collaborations with Juilliard and M.I.T, to deliver a truly remarkable education.
Outside of school, I love playing all sports, watching movies, and attending the theatre. I grew up playing rugby and cricket. In recent years, I have taken up golf and love playing on beautiful courses. I find this incredibly relaxing (depending on how I’m playing! ). Whilst living in Chicago, I also became involved in amateur theatre, and even attended voiceover and audiobook narration classes in a studio! One of the highlights of my teaching career was collaborating with the Royal Shakespeare Company, to direct ‘The Tempest’, in which my class performed on a professional stage.
I am extremely excited to be part of the team at the British International School of Charlotte. I cannot wait to meet the students, parents, and become a part of the wonderful community.