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Charlotte Cummins

I was born and raised in Chester in the north-west of England. I studied at the University of Nottingham where I was awarded a BA Honours degree in French. From a young age I always knew that I wanted to become a teacher as I have always loved helping others and working with children.

My time spent as an au pair, living and working in Toulouse provided me with the chance to truly immerse myself in French language, culture and family life. This was a fantastic experience for me and further enhanced my aim of becoming a French teacher.

As part of my degree I spent 9 months in Angers where I worked as a Language Assistant, teaching English to French students aged 15-18. I thoroughly enjoyed this year abroad; I found it so rewarding and it confirmed my plans to become a teacher. This is where my strengths lay!

After returning to the UK and completing my final year at Nottingham, I chose to complete a PGCE at the University of Chester. The following year I began working at a high school in Warrington where I taught both French and Spanish for four years. During this period, I was nominated for the Warrington Guardian’s Teacher of the Year Award by the parents of one of my students. I was truly honoured, in the first instance, to have been nominated but to win was one of my proudest achievements! 

I am  extremely lucky to call Dubai my home and having this wonderful opportunity to work within the Nord Anglia family. It is a privilege to be the Head of French in a school where languages are embraced by all. I look forward to working with the team to create and develop enthusiastic and independent learners of the language.

My vision for the department is to create an environment where students will thrive, feel confident taking risks in manipulating the language and develop informed opinions about the world around them. Our French teachers are committed to broadening the students’ understanding of the world and the different cultures that exist within the Francophone countries. My ultimate goal is to prepare the students for life as an openminded global citizen beyond NAS Dubai. I will continue to give my absolute best to realizing every student’s potential.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, socialising and keeping fit. I love to explore and learn about new cultures and what better place to do so than in Dubai!