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Aline Wanyoike

Aline van der Zee 2

Head of Year 4

When people ask me where I am from, I like to reply with; “Would you like the short version or long version?”

Born in Belgium, I was quickly swept into a global adventure by my wonderful parents and my role model, best friend older brother. We started our international lives in Germany, then on to New York City, then to Switzerland and finally France. After completing high school at the International School of Geneva, I decided to pursue my interests and passions in the United Kingdom. 
I completed my Bachelor’s in History with Education Studies at Bath Spa University in 2012, but I didn’t stop there! Following my heart, I knew that teaching was the ideal career path for me. I love the ‘light bulb moments’, the positive relationships that teachers can build with their students and sharing my love for learning.  Immediately after having obtained my Bachelor’s degree, I continued at Bath Spa University for my teacher training. I graduated in the summer of 2013 with a PGCE (Early Years and Primary). Determined to share my passion for learning and to continue my international adventure, I arrived in Dubai for my first teaching post at an American international school in August 2013. 
Soon thereafter, I moved to Qatar in August 2015 to become a member of the Nord Anglia family in Al Khor and was blessed to remain within the Nord Anglia family when I moved back to Dubai in August of 2016. 
Since arriving at NAS Dubai, I have started and completed my Master’s in International Education through King’s College London and have had great adventures to Ski Dubai as part of the Ski Club CCA, been on many residentials to learn more about the incredible country in which we live and have had enjoyed meeting and working with a thriving and positive community at NAS Dubai!
This will be my sixth year teaching Year 4. I am looking forward to encouraging my new students to be ambitious, proactive and hard-working members of our community. It will be a wonderful year during which I am very excited about getting to know all my students, working collaboratively within a professional, close-knit team and to participating in some spectacular learning. I have a very energetic teaching style and encourage my students to be inquisitive, critical thinkers. In my classroom, students can find a place where they are encouraged to participate in discussions, a place that promotes confidence and smiling faces, and where they can feel safe to share their ideas and thoughts. Whilst I have high expectations of my students, I am eager to build trusting and positive relationships with them all! 
In my free time, I love learning new languages, working out at the gym, sipping coconut lattes at Starbucks with a good book and travelling around the globe to visit my family. I speak five languages; Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German, and am currently learning Swahili as my husband is from Kenya. In May 2020, we were blessed with the arrival of our gorgeous little Ariella, who is my daily inspiration and motivation to make this world a better place! 
“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world!” – Malala Yousafzai