I am immensely proud of every student I have had the privilege to work with. Every day, teachers get to see a win. Sometimes they are the big moments, but mostly they are the small, blink and you will miss them glimmers of magic, and that’s what makes our job so special.
Not everyone is guaranteed to have something make them laugh in their working life, but I can guarantee there isn’t a day that has gone by where a student or colleague hasn’t said or done something that has turned even the most challenging day into something so much better!
As an avid reader, I am passionate about helping people find their love of a good book. It is my belief that there is no such thing as not liking reading – you just haven’t found your favourite book yet!
Being a teacher of English is exciting because every day, every lesson, we explore different concepts, cultures, perspectives and opinions. Nothing thrills me more than when a student shares a new interpretation of a text and the ‘lightbulb’ moment is felt by everyone in the classroom.
To me, teaching goes beyond your subject specialism. My philosophy is centred around empowering learners to be independent, to challenge and question the world around them, feeling confident to share their voice. Studying English equips us with these skills, and I see it as my responsibility to support students to be the very best they can be.
When not in the classroom, you will find me making the most of what the UAE has to offer. From paddle boarding to skydiving, I am always on the lookout for the next adventure.
Qualifications: BA Hons English Literature and Theatre Studies | PGCE with QTS Secondary English
While at Leeds University, studying English Literature and Theatre Studies, I had a part time job teaching drama in primary schools around West Yorkshire. It was then that I realised that my passion was going to be working with children so in 2010 I embarked on my PGCE in English.
After completing my teaching qualification, I moved back home and taught in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, leading on Key Stage 3 English and primary transition. After four years there, I moved to a different school where I could teach A-Level and support whole school teaching and learning, specifically focusing on reading and literacy development across the curriculum.
In 2018, I decided to take the plunge and adventure to Dubai which has turned out to be the best decision I ever made! For the last three years, I have been Head of English, developing curriculum and continuing to lead on whole school teaching and learning projects. I am very excited to be starting the next chapter of my teaching career at Safa British School, leading the English department and preparing students for their GCSEs and beyond.