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Andy McNab

Andy McNab

Year 4

Greetings, I am Andy McNab, and following a PGCE year and further few years teaching in Canterbury, Kent, I have been an educator here in the UAE since 2001. Already I am looking forward to my second year working in Mr. Hand’s Year 4 team and as with each new class and teaching experience I am looking forward to it. 

There are many things to look forward to with any new class, I look forward to developing a connection with a group of eager young minds and help guide their interests and understanding of curriculum content and the wider world. I also always look forward also to developing a relationship with mums, dads, brothers, sister, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, cousins, nannies and drivers, as it is all part of the package.
My own personal viewpoint on education is that, although we want fast paced learners and a workspace that reflects this, it also essential to have a solid foundation of understanding, and I feel sometimes that deeper understanding comes with slowing things down a little bit and actually taking time to talk, to communicate, to explain and to listen. I am always very happy to spend a few additional minutes discussing some point of interest and then to move on once students have had a chance to absorb and satisfy their own curiosities.
Obviously, with a few Dubai years behind me (20) I am not a novice teacher in the city, I am very happy to be part of the staff here at NAS, as I know from experience, not all institutions are truly premium plus both in terms of being an employer or provider; however, I feel  NAS Dubai genuinely strives to provide a forward-thinking option for your child’s educational needs and wider social development. So, together, we can move forwards and all enjoy the development and fun times ahead of us as part of a larger 4F team.
When away from the chalk-face I have deep appreciation for the natural history of this country and wider region, I am a published children’s author and still pursue writing from a hobby. I enjoy general socialising, sports A to Z, kayaking, quizzes, barbecues, A/C and Dubai’s cooler months. 
I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you all in the near future and would encourage you to consider that, although our common connection is your child’s educational journey, this encompasses so much more than just assessments and grades, any worthwhile learning has to be ‘blended’ with fun, inquiry, friendships, successes, failures, discipline and determination. 
If there is not a chance to meet before the summer break, I wish you and your family a safe, settled and hopefully slightly cooler few months and we will reconnect in August to and get off to a focused start to your child’s Year 4 experience.