Jessica Vowles

My journey began in 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa. I was completing a teaching practical at a prominent all boys high school when I was approached by the headmaster and asked if I was interested in taking on a permanent post teaching English and History, whilst completing my degree. At the young age of 21 it was rather daunting to be surrounded by these young men who were considerably larger than me, but I took on the challenge and as they say, “the rest is history”.

About Me

I taught for 3 years and once I had graduated, at the end of 2013, I decided it was time to travel. In the September of 2014 I made the move to Dubai, taking on the role as an English teacher in a local Emirati school; here I taught and lead various grade levels, and I loved being immersed in the local culture. I joined SAFA Secondary School in September 2020, teaching English and History. I look forward to sharing my experiences and learning from those around me in order to ensure the overall success of the school.

4 months after moving to Dubai I met my “now-husband”. Dubai has been our home for the past 6.5years and I look forward to the many more years we have ahead of us. I spend most of my off time doing as much physical activity as possible. In 2008 I was part of a Dragon Boating Club Crew World Championship team that traveled to Hungary and finished 8th overall. And currently I like to call myself a triathlete, the nice thing about triathlons is that you just have to get them done and the title is yours.

Over the last 9.5 years I have coached many sports teams, so naturally the facilities at SAFA were a definite draw card for me. I feel that school needs to

be a holistic approach – being able to work with the students in and outside of the classroom allows different relationships to be formed, and overall has a huge impact on student development.

My Experience

B.Ed. in Secondary Education | Diploma in Community Journalism

The most rewarding moments for me are when the students’ academic growth is visible; when you see a clear shift in the way that they work and in the work that they are producing. When teaching many second language English speakers the small things can be the most grueling, but once you witness the impact you have on them come into being, it makes it all worth it.