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Iena Dua

Iena Dua

Spanish Specialist

I began my career in teaching as a Teach First Associate in 2011 through their Leadership Development Programme and have experience of leading students through their Spanish GCSEs and A-levels having worked in a range of schools in London. More recently, my international experience has come from working in Dubai teaching Spanish and Primary French to students from all over the world. Here I was also responsible for taking students on an International Expedition to Borneo where students worked on a tree- planting conservation project, lived in the jungle for 10 days, and engaged with the local community. as well as coming face to face with Sun bears and Orangutans.

I was born and raised in West London, however, I am a British Indian having grown up in a multicultural setting speaking Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi which fueled my passion for exploring other cultures and appreciating the different ways in which people live their lives. It was this that lead me undertaking my degree in Spanish and Communication studies at the University of Nottingham to get a closer insight into the Hispanic world. A particular highlight was being able to live abroad in Argentina working as a Journalist Intern and learning about the social and political issues of the country; as well as study in Barcelona at the University of Pompeu Fabra to further develop my language skills.

Outside of teaching, my biggest passion is traveling and I have visited over 40 different countries continuously challenging myself to find unique destinations of rare natural beauty. One of my favorite trips was to to the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia which is the hottest place on earth, and I was able to spend time with the rare tribes of the Omo Valley.

I enjoy getting involved with volunteering projects and have worked on disaster relief sites in Costa Rica Nicaragua, Zambia, and Uganda re-building homes for struggling communities during my summer holidays.

I also enjoy keeping fit and believe that exercise is paramount to great mental health. I have taken up Boxing classes in Chicago to improve my cardio and maybe some yoga as well.

This school is different to all others I have worked at because it is part of a prestigious network and has a strong focus on teaching and learning with students from all different nationalities. The fact that it offers the IB curriculum is of great interest as this is an area of teaching that I am really looking forward to developing. The school has a really big Modern Foreign Languages department so I am really excited to work with like-minded practitioners to create innovative ways of delivering the curriculum.