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Jacqueline Banfield

Jacqueline Banfield

CAS Co-ordinator, IB Biology & Social Studies

I grew up in the North of England in a village called Cottingham and hold a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree, and a PGCE in Secondary Science from the University of Sheffield. 

I worked for 2 years in the Chemical Industry before entering the teaching profession and can honestly say, I have never looked back since. I am entering my 21st year of teaching; 18 of which have being in international education. My longest tenure was in Shanghai, China where I taught for 7 years and was first introduced to the IB Diploma Programme. Our eldest son Owen was also born in Shanghai.

My main subject is Biology but I have really enjoyed teaching Environmental Systems and Societies over the last years. I am also an examiner for the International Baccalaureate at Diploma Level which has helped to inform my teaching in the classroom and given me an insight into the whole examination process.

As a Science teacher, I very much try to embed a deep-rooted interest in Science and hopefully foster curiosity and ambition in my subject for life. One of the most rewarding aspects of my teaching role here has been involvement with The Duke of Edinburgh International Award and the community work that NAE students do in Tanzania. I think an essential part in educating young people is to give them the best possible experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

Through my work in international education, I am very proud to have given my own children the chance to enjoy such a rich and culturally diverse educational experience. As a family, we love to get out and about on a weekend and be active, and my personal hobbies include cooking, art and music. We all really enjoy exploring the UAE and being part of the NAS Dubai community, particularly at such an exciting time in the school’s development. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work at such an amazing facility and hope to contribute to the wider life of the school community in as many ways possible.