Ever since I was very young, I always knew I wanted to become a teacher. Even now, over ten years since qualifying, I still love the job and can’t imagine doing anything else. I studied for my degree in Primary Teaching at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, specialising in Maths and French. As part of my studies, I spent a month teaching English in a French school, where I learnt a huge amount about teaching a foreign language and was fully immersed in the local culture. After finishing my degree, I taught for ten years at a primary school in Croydon, Surrey, enjoying teaching in all year groups from 1 to 5. During the last three years, I led Maths in the school and supported school development as part of the Senior Leadership Team. Maths is definitely a subject I feel passionately about, especially making all children feel engaged and challenged.
This is my first year at the British International School of Charlotte and I have loved getting to know everyone, particularly all the children and families in my class. I feel that our children benefit hugely from the small class sizes and receiving a highly personalized education, which means they get so enthused and motivated by their learning...there really does feel like there are no limits to what we can try or achieve. The sense of community here is unique and it feels like one big family, of which I've been made to feel very welcome.
I love to go for walks in the countryside, in the mountains or by the coast, particularly if I can borrow a dog to accompany me! Back home, I also loved being a volunteer for a children’s charity who provide summer camps for children with health challenges, and hope to get involved in one of the U.S. branches of the charity later this year.