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Laura Anderson-Rice

Laura Anderson-Rice

Psychology Teacher and Assistant Head Years 7,8 and 9

I am beginning my fourth year in Doha after working at an independent school in the North East of England.  I joined Madinat Khalifa as a Psychology and Additional Learning Needs teacher and took up my role as Assistant Head of Secondary (Student Development) during my second year.  The opportunity to begin and develop the Psychology department was one I could not turn down.

I hold a first class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University and a PGCE in Lifelong Learning, specialising in Psychology and Business Studies. I worked in a payroll and administrative environment prior to teaching where I gained a qualification in Team Leading, and I am on the British Psychological Society register after achieving my Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing and becoming fully qualified in Psychometric Testing and Access Arrangements.

Outside of school I enjoy running, the gym and swimming but often undo my hard work with good food and chocolate! I also like to read, watch films and listen to live music.  I would love to be able to play the piano and next on my holiday wish list is the Far East.

Now in my third year at Madinat Khalifa, I would like to continue to develop the Psychology department and work even harder to engage and inspire my students.  On a wider school level, I want to further support our students in a wider range of areas and celebrate the success of our school community on a much larger scale.

My favourite quote is: “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” - Joshua J. Marine

To be ambitious is to try new things, reach for your goals and be unafraid to make mistakes along the way.  Continuously learning and working to be the best you can be.