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Zahid Shafi

Zahid Shafi

Year 3

I am excited to be working for Nord Anglia International School Dubai. It has been a dream for a while to begin teaching in Dubai and I feel privileged to have joined such a great team.

At the age of 15, I was lucky enough to represent my school nationally in the English School Basketball competition. This saw our team travel across England to play at various venues. It was from this point where I began to develop my leadership skills by taking the younger ages under my wing, teaching the fundamentals of basketball. Once I had graduated from University of Central Lancashire with an Honours Degree in Sports Technology, I decided that teaching was what I wanted to pursue.  I worked as a Teaching Assistant, voluntarily and professionally, in my childhood school. This concreted the decision to teach. I completed my PGCE at Edgehill University in 2011. During my PGCE, the support I received from Edgehill was fantastic and it motivated me to keep pushing for a higher level. Since starting my first teaching post that same summer, I have never looked back.
I have worked in many different year groups which has helped me understand how children learn at different academic stages. I use this knowledge to aid my teaching as all children deserve the right to education at the level which will help them succeed in life. It is my goal to ensure that all children achieve more than what they believe they are capable of. This is my motivation. I will always try my best to inspire children to push themselves to the limits and reap the rewards. Each individual child should be mentored and shown that learning is fun, and that knowledge is key to unlocking many avenues. I believe that children learn best through excellent working relationships between all members of the school, in a warm and welcoming environment that nurtures every child’s interests which enables them to become successful adults in the future. 
My personal interest and passion lie with sport and always have done (and probably always will do). I have led two schools as a PE coordinator and I have always enjoyed playing a range of sports, from football and basketball to table tennis and even archery. I truly believe, unequivocally, that sport can unlock the fixed mind-set, not only socially but also academically. I had always been a shy and nervous child and playing sports helped with my communication and my self-pride. Children’s character and personality really shine during sports and physical activities and it is always a pleasure to see. Learning the fundamentals in different arts and disciplines is very important as being able to adapt and use skills from a variety of different areas will unlock higher levels of achievement. Aside from sport, I do enjoy reading books and watching movies. You may find me quoting movie lines from time to time!