My name is Fiona Donnellan-Skinner. I have grown up in Chiswick in West London. I have worked in a West London School for 5 years where I have been working in Reception. In my second year, I began to lead ICT where I developed the school website and use of a Virtual Learning Platform. My ICT leadership led to joining the middle management team for 3 years as well as leading Reception for one year.
Music has always been a big part of my life. I worked in a range of schools teaching the Key Stage 2 Wider Opportunities Programme where I taught the violin, clarinet and guitar. In 2016, I have also supported the development of the Mini-Music Makers program for students aged 4-5 years old. It is an opportunity for students to make music through singing and playing instruments, which leads to introducing stringed instruments and eventually becomes the focus of musical learning for each child.
I am a committed and enthusiastic teacher who believes in inspiring students to become life-long learners and develop skills to best equip them for successful lives now and in the future. I believe that it is important for students to be happy and secure in their learning environments because they are more likely to achieve their potential. It is important for have high expectations of my students, as I want them to believe in themselves as well as encouraging fantastic attitude towards their learning.
Chicago is a vibrant city, and it was an unmissable opportunity to work here. I am excited and looking forward to the adventure ahead.
Learning should be personalized to each student. Every student learns differently, and it is important to take care of making sure these needs are planned for. It is important to plan learning by looking at learning schemes and the different learning styles. We should give opportunities for student to try new challenges in a riskier environment, as we as having a chance to work with small groups to complete tasks which has helped develop decision making and cooperative work. I believe that, alongside an engaging curriculum, we should be providing a broad and inspiring program where the students become independent and lifelong learners. It is therefore important to plan lessons and activities that inspire and challenge the children’s love of learning who are willing to take risks and know that it is ok to make mistakes.
- Universities Attended: Roehampton University
- Degrees Earned: BA in Primary Education with Music Specialism
- Certifications Earned: Level 3 Forest School Leader Award, Grade 5 Theory of Music
- Professional Development Experiences: First Aid training, Forest Schools, ICT across the curriculum