I am originally from London, England. After graduating with a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of London, I traveled extensively throughout North and Central America; trained to be a whitewater river guide (during one very cold spring in the Pacific Northwest!) and assisted in the running (and building) of a guest ranch in a remote location in Southern Mexico.
Returning to London, I worked with a team of psychologists and psychiatrists at a substance misuse and social care unit at the National Health Service in England. After an especially rewarding experience volunteering at a primary school, I decided to train to be a teacher. I had found my passion! In time, I would like to return to my roots in child psychology perhaps by training to become an Educational Psychologist.
I gained my Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary Education from the Institute of Education, University of London and taught in an inner city school in London. I enjoyed my early years as a teacher tremendously and especially enjoyed working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their families.
In 2006 I took up a teaching post at our sister school, the British International School of Boston, where I taught in Key Stage One and the Foundation Stage. After five years in New England, I decided to move to Washington, D.C to be closer to family and to enjoy all that the capital has to offer. I have taught Year Four, Reception, Year 2 and now, Year One, in my time at the British International School of Washington.
As a teacher, I love to see the progress unfolding as children begin to read and write and to facilitate the development of children’s conceptual knowledge and understanding by finding ways to model or explain more challenging areas of learning. In 2018 I attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education ‘Project Zero’ training at WISSIT. I am keen to embed my learning on thinking routines and maker-space learning into my practice this academic year and beyond.
In 2014 I trained to teach children’s yoga and have since offered our community a series of mindfulness and yoga-themed camps during the spring and summer breaks. I teach yoga in our Primary school and 2018 I provided a series of classes to our International Baccalaureate students in our Secondary school to help ease the stresses of their studies and their college-choices! In 2018 I also trained with Veteran’s Yoga Project in trauma-informed yoga, and I look forward to developing this area of interest as the year progresses.
In my spare time, I can be found hiking, kayaking, being in nature (usually with a dog or two in tow!) and writing children’s books!
I look forward to welcoming you and your family to our community.