I began my PGCE in September 2007 in South London with placements in two Ofsted Outstanding schools. From here I relocated to North London (my home) and taught for an additional 4 years in an Oustanding department within a very good school. Whilst here my career progressed from NQT to Second in Charge of the English Department. After a year of travelling in New Zealand (teaching in a few schools along the way), I returned to London and worked in 2 schools in 4 years holding the position of 2iC initially until I completed my accreditation as a Lead Practitioner in the second school in Harrow. It was in my 10th year of teaching that I relocated to Malaysia and commenced teaching at BSKL.
As a huge Harry Potter fan, one of my favourite quotations of all time can be found in the words of Albus Dumbledore: "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it." This is a theme that pervades in my classroom as an English teacher, I want students to always be aware of the power of their words. When not re-reading the Harry Potter series for the 457365th time, I can usually be found crafting textiles which is a keen hobby of mine, particularly at Christmas. My Grandfather taught me how to knit when I was young and this is one of my all-time favourite crafting hobbies, although sadly in Malaysia there isn't much call for woolly hats and scarves. Perhaps I could take inspiration from Hagrid and knit a tent?
Promoting student happiness is the main reason I am a teacher. I wasn't always a very happy student at school and so my mission is to make sure that students are as happy as possible and enjoy being at school.