I am originally from Ireland and I was educated in my beautiful home town at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. I gained a B.Sc. in Speech and Language Therapy, subsequently completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education through Froebel College as and a TEFL Certificate for early learners in Dublin School of English, as I had bitten the travel bug but wanted to be able to work with young children wherever I landed.
When I initially qualified, I worked in both hospital and community-based settings in Dublin as a paediatric speech and language therapist with children who had been born prematurely or with developmental delays or disorders.
Having made Polish connections during my time in University, I decided to visit friends here and take up a post in an English-language preschool. I planned on returning home to hospital-based work, but in 2004, I was offered a post at The British School and I have been here ever since, caring for and educating TBS children for the past fifteen years across the Early Years Foundation Stage, teaching all three year groups – from Pre Nursery to Reception.
During my time at The British School, I have also been a mature student myself. In 2012, I became certified as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), which helps me keep in touch with my roots in Allied Health. I am fluent in Polish, with certificates from the University of Pécs at both intermediate and advanced levels. Having regained the study bug through IBCLC, I studied at The University of Nottingham, completing a PGCE in 2015 which enables me to teach throughout primary school.
My move to Year 2 and to Limanowskiego is an exciting one for me. I hope to use my extensive experience in Early Years in the Year 2 classroom, bringing practical elements to the fore as much as possible in both maths and literacy as well as in IPC. My early days as a speech and language therapist will also help me with my implementation of the phonic programme.
Overall, I am so delighted to get this chance to educate a group of children, many of whom I know so well from their Dabrowskiego days as 2 year olds, as they take their first few tentative steps in “the BIG school”.