Whist studying for my Degree in English Literature and Ancient History, I worked on Summer camps, coached various sports and also enjoyed volunteering in local primary and secondary schools. Once I completed my degree, I joined the learning support unit of a secondary school where I gained valuable experience of working with children with a wide range of learning differences. It will be of no surprise to any students or colleagues who know me that I also worked in a museum! It has been claimed that I manage to get history into all my lessons (but only the really interesting and unusual parts!). Although I had enjoyed teaching in a secondary setting, I knew I wanted to teach a range of subjects and that primary teaching was for me. As I already had experience of teaching, I was accepted and completed the Graduate Teacher Programme through the University of Gloucestershire. After completion, I joined Robinswood Primary School in Gloucester for 7 brilliant years, working alongside and learning from some extraordinary teachers. During this time, I was also PE coordinator and coached a range of teams from rugby to cross-country to athletics to success. I still receive updates from the staff and children on their continuing achievements! Another role that has helped me grow as a teacher and a leader was being the Newly Qualified Teacher mentor and then coordinator for two schools. In this role, I successfully supported new teachers in their first year of teaching. After traveling and exploring the world as much as possible during school holidays, I knew I wanted to work in America. I was very excited to earn a place teaching at BISH and become part of the international community here.
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