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Jennifer Smith

Year 4 Teacher

Jennifer Smith originally hails from Ireland and is a graduate of St. Mary's University Twickenham with a Bachelor of Arts, with Initial Teacher Training, in Primary Education. She has worked, both, in the UK and internationally and currently has over ten years’ experience in the teaching profession. In doing so, she has worked with a wide range of pupils from various primary age groups, with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. 

She began her teaching career in London and whilst working there was responsible for delivering SATS, government standardised tests. After completing her NQT year, she was promoted to Creativity Leader of Learning and led a number of successful projects and initiatives which were praised in the school’s Ofsted report. She also gained experience and developed strong skills as an inter-cultural communicator. Working on a Comenius project entailing an international school partnership, she represented the UK for her school, completing reports for the British Council and working in collaboration with her international colleagues.

After backpacking on a ‘Round the World Trip’ for a year, she joined the international education circuit and moved to Prague in 2011, where she worked at the Prague British School. From Prague, she then moved to Warsaw working at another member of the Nord Anglia Education Group, The British School, Warsaw. She has most recently spent six years teaching at Mesaieed International School, where she has had experience of leading the RWI programme for a year group, been heavily involved in the planning, organisation and delivery of annual International celebrations for the past two years and led the House System alongside another colleague for the last year and a half.

Sparked by a desire to understand more about how children grow as learners, she has developed a strong interest in the Growth Mindset theory and is also passionate about creating a safe learning space for all children.

Research is very clear that we don’t have time not to build relationships, because you can’t get to Bloom without going through Maslow.” (Tara Brown in Education Week Teacher)

She is excited to take the opportunity to continue living and working in Qatar as it advances through this current rapid stage of growth and development. It will no doubt be an adventure that she will embrace and relish.