I began my career in 2004 teaching Secondary English within a large 11-18 Comprehensive in Devon. Keen to progress, I changed schools two years later to become Second in Department at Tiverton High School where I remained for four years, eventually as Head of English. During these four years I enjoyed many different roles, including being the Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator for English, mentoring PGCE students and Newly Qualified Teachers, and contributing to some Heinemann-published teaching materials.
In 2010 I decided I wanted a change of direction in my life and sought an opportunity to teach abroad. I began my role as an English teacher at BISS Pudong in 2010; the following year, I became Head of English again. During my time at BISS, I became very inspired by several books I was reading. It led to a decision to undergo more formal education myself, and I therefore applied for, and have now completed, a Masters in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (2014-2016). While there, the opportunity to develop NAISNY’s middle school presented itself, and I have been here ever since.
Throughout my 13 years teaching experience, I have remained a passionate educator who is dedicated to developing best practice when it comes to inspiring young people in their learning journeys. I have particularly enjoyed teaching in international contexts because of the diversity of experience and opportunity it has provided me with. Working with colleagues, students and families from a vast range of backgrounds is a perfect way to cultivate an ethos of global-mindedness, an aspect of education close to my heart. Moreover, all of these experiences have continually reinforced to me the importance of a supportive and caring community, not to mention how rewarding it is to play a role in creating such an environment.
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