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Staff Profile: Elizabeth McGarroch-Slack

Elizabeth McGarroch-Slack

Year 3 & 4 Phase Leader and Year 4 Class Teacher

Whilst studying for my BA in Drama at the University of Manchester, I ran drama workshops within Youth Offenders Institutes which led me to working with children. After my degree, I continued by studies in Manchester to gain a PGCE in Primary Education there. After moving back to my home town of Leeds, I taught Years 1, 3 and 5 whilst studying part time for my Masters in Professional Development in Action Research in Teaching and Learning. Through this I wrote my dissertation focused upon leading my peers in developing a new method for assessing science. As a result of this I was given a Teaching and Learning Responsibility for Science.

I am also involved in Girl Guiding and through this was selected to represent the UK in Malawi where I trained the Chief Guide. This led to my desire to work abroad and combined with my loves of travelling and teaching brought me to Houston.

I adore travelling and exploring new cultures and have enjoyed seeing more of America since working in Houston. I have also discovered a love of the Houston Rockets basketball team, whom I try to see live as often as possible. In my free time, I love listening to music as well as playing the piano and alto saxophone.

What the students say about me...

“I think that she is a great teacher. She challenges me and she’s really fun.”

“A teacher that makes you always want to come to school.”

“She is funny, creative and thoughtful. She always cheers me up and puts a smile on my face.”

This school is different to all others I have worked at because…

I love working in a school which has children from 3-18; this allows for lots of cross phase links as well as a wide variety of staff expertise within the school. We can see the progression of skills throughout the Key Stages which allows for us to see ‘the Big Picture’.