Describe your journey as a teacher so far…
Beginning my career at Sheffield Hallam University in England was one of the best moves I have made in my life. Completing a Primary Education degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) enabled me to accept a position as class teacher of a Year One class with 5 to 6-year-old children in a small village school close to my home town of Solihull, England.
Two years passed and I soon realised the opportunities within the International Educational sector, so I took a role as class teacher of Reception with 4 to 5 year olds in South Korea. During the next 10 years I developed my career in stages starting from class teacher and finishing as the Head of the Early Years Centre and in addition, completed my Master of Education in Leadership and Management. My experience together with the qualification I earned, led me to where I am today; Deputy Head Teacher of the British International School’s Early Years and Infant Campus. A thoroughly rewarding position.
What are the specific qualifications for teaching Early Years Foundation Stage at BIS HCMC?
Teachers must hold a teaching degree with Qualified Teacher Status from the UK or equivalent. Before arriving at BIS, a teacher must have 3 years’ teaching experience in a primary school; preferably some of those years within an early years or infant setting (children of ages 2 to 7).
Describe the teaching in EYFS at BIS HCMC…
As you walk through an Early Years environment you see children enthused, engaged and positive about learning. Early Years at BIS follows the child’s interests, which inevitably means the practical resources and activities change on a regular basis, often daily.
Experiential Learning is key to an Early Years setting where children are exposed to a variety of media and materials to allow them to develop in all aspects of learning. Children at the Early Years and Infant campus learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.
How does the teaching at BIS differ from other international schools?
BIS HCMC was the first school in Vietnam to be British government inspected and approved. The most recent BSO inspection stated that our Early Years teachers “encourage pupils to apply intellectual, physical and creative effort, to show interest in their work, and to think and learn for themselves”. BIS HCMC is an outstanding school where the highest standards are expected of the teaching body and support staff. BIS HCMC provides not only a great place for students to learn, but also a friendly and valuable community for parents and an outstanding school for teachers to practise their passion in teaching.