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Rachel McKeown

Rachel McKeown

Year 4

I am now going into my second year at NAS Dubai and have enjoyed every minute of it so far. The Year 4 team have been wonderful to work with and the curriculum has some exciting topics to be covered. 

Originally, I come from a small village in County Tyrone, Ireland and - typical of the Irish - I am part of a large family. I have been a fully qualified primary school teacher for seven years (six of those years in Ealing, London) and I hold a BA Hons Degree in English (awarded by Queen’s University, Belfast) and a PGCE in Primary Education (awarded by St Mary’s University, Twickenham). 
In my seven years of teaching, I have taught all KS2 year groups and have therefore gained experience, knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop at this age. During this time, I have been Year Lead for Years 3, 4 & 6 and have also taken on the roles of English and Science coordinator. I taught a Year 4 class in my second year and, I must admit, it has been one of the most enjoyable years in my teaching career thus far. 
As a teacher, I aim to inspire children by providing them with a wealth of learning opportunities and experiences to engage, motivate and prepare them for the wider world. I strive to instil a love of learning that is facilitated by a stimulating learning environment which enables each child to realise their full potential. School should be a place where children embark on a journey that centres on learning. A journey that is fun and provides a safe environment which will support individual growth socially, academically, culturally, and spiritually. 
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with friends, keeping fit and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. During school holidays, I love to travel and experience new cultures and cuisines. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year living in Dubai and look forward to exploring more of the landscape and culture of the Middle East.