After graduating with a Bachelor of Education from De Montfort University in the UK I took up my first teaching post in Milton Keynes in the Uk teaching Y2 and 3 children. From there I moved to Somerset to gain experience with Years 4,5 and 6.
Always one to take up a challenge - and being an adventurous family - we moved to Brunei on the island of Borneo in January 2011. There I worked for the Ministry of Education teaching English from Reception to Year 6. Working in a water village in the middle of the jungle throws up some very unique challenges, not least the wildlife, and I became adept at fending off monkeys, snakes and spiders whilst gaining valuable experience in EAL teaching. I also spent time out of school mentoring and training local Bruneian teachers, presenting workshops to enhance the use of CLIL and Read Write Inc in the English curriculum and alongside both expat and local colleagues, writing the new Primary Curriculum for English Language for Brunei.
After 3 1/2 very happy years we moved the Nanjing where I took up the post of Year 4 teacher and, after a year, Head of Primary, here at the British School of Nanjing. Living and working in China has proven to be every bit as exciting and challenging as Brunei and I feel genuinely lucky to be part of a school that puts so much into ensuring every student does the very best they can and has the most positive experience possible.