I would like to share some information about myself. I was born in Nottingham, a city in the East Midlands of England. I then joined my family in Italy, on the beautiful Lake Como, living there until I was 3 years old. I moved to the UK and grew up in a town in Nottinghamshire. Very close to where the legend of Robin Hood originated. From a young age, I enjoyed sports, reading and playing outside with my two brothers. I enjoyed school and knew that I wanted to teach as soon as I completed work experience, helping out in my old primary school. I went on to complete my A-Levels and a Physical Education and Youth Sport degree at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007. I really enjoyed learning about PE, sports and coaching, an area of the curriculum I continue to support the school with.
After completing University, my next step was to learn to become a teacher. I completed a PGCE at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. I have been teaching ever since and learning every step of the way. My first teaching role was in Nottinghamshire. After three years, I decided to do something I had planned to do for years: teach abroad. My mum was a big influence with choosing this step as she had taught abroad on an island called Bermuda, this was one of my inspirations for wanting to travel the world. My first stop was Dubai and the UAE!
I have now lived in the UAE for over a decade! I call Dubai, and the UAE, my home, full of opportunity and diversity which makes living and teaching here so great. During my time in Dubai, I have taught Year 6 children at three different schools, preparing primary school children, both academically and socially for the transition into secondary school. I enjoy teaching and learning in all subject areas, striving to make learning fun, challenging and relevant to the environment we live in. In the past, I have enjoyed being a Year Leader, Head of Mathematics and STEAM Lead Teacher; working closely with colleagues to develop teaching and learning opportunities in schools. It has also been very rewarding to be involved in the sporting achievements of a school and supporting students with their extra-curricular endeavours.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my small family, reading by the pool and catching up with friends. My wife and I have a 2 year old daughter called Aria and a baby girl called Zaya. Both of whom keep me busy as we make the most of our time together as a small family. I my free time, I will also continue to persevere with golf, a pastime I took up since moving to Dubai, although the number of lost golf balls can work out rather expensive!
I look forward to starting a new school year as the classroom teacher for 6B. We will explore lots of new learning together and experience lessons in lots of different ways that are fun and engaging. The children in 6B will become even more independent, conscientious, resilient and confident learners who dare to take risks and collaborate well with others, resulting in making lots of progress that you will all be proud of. I will do all I can to help you to settle into the classroom and start the new adventure that the last year of primary has to offer. Together, we will be ambitious and I anticipate an enjoyable and fulfilling experience getting to know both children and parents.
I hope you have a lovely summer and I look forward to starting a new school year together.