Fiona McDermott

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

My name is Fiona Mc Dermott. As a passionate educator, I love to instill a love of learning from when the children start in Foundation Stage. I look forward to welcoming our little learners and watch them grow and continue to inquire as they move through our Primary School.

About Me

Growing up in the peripheral region of the Republic of Ireland, I often reflect on how lucky I was to have had a love of learning fostered from an early age.  Completely immersed in music, dance and drama, I developed a love of discovering new skills as well as a strong work ethic to progress my skills. With an energetic and enthusiastic approach to learning and teaching, I constantly strive to inspire and ignite that passion for learning with the children I work with.

Without a doubt, moving to Dubai in 2013 has been one of my best decisions. I have worked with many fantastic leaders and teachers along the way, all of whom have influenced my own leadership and teaching style.

Never without a book in my hand, I spend a lot of my free time reading. I love learning new things and I am constantly challenging myself in acquiring new knowledge and practising new skills. Living in Dubai has offered many opportunities to travel, some of my favourite memories to date have been volunteering in India as well as climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro.

My Experience

I completed my Bachelor in Education with Froebel College in association with Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2011.

Throughout the last 10 years, I have welcomed several challenges and adopted a wealth of experience teaching; in an inner-city school in Dublin, as well as government and private schools in the UAE. Working across different curriculum has also had a great impact on my philosophy as a teacher and it’s something I constantly use and adapt, catering curriculum to fully benefit the children’s learning needs.

In 2015, I joined the Safa family. Beginning my Safa journey as an FS2 teacher, I have worked in Year 1 and Year 4, before joining the Leadership team in Safa Community School as a Senior Leader of Learning and Teaching. In 2019, I began working across both Safa Schools developing useful and engaging ways for teachers to continue with their professional development as a fundamental part of my role.

Since 2021, I have taken on the role of Assistant Head in Safa British, every day brings something new and exciting.