Samantha McDowell

Samantha McDowell

Samantha McDowell

My name is Miss McDowell and I am from a county in the UK called Kent. I will be working at Safa British School this year in Year Two.

About Me

I qualified in 2009 as a Primary School Teacher after doing a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Primary Education Degree. My first teaching role was at a small Catholic School in Kent, St Thomas of Canterbury School. I was appointed as a Year One teacher. This job enabled me to begin my teaching career passionately, educating young children at a small school which I once attended myself many years ago.

Outside of school I enjoy spending my spare time at the beach, shopping, watching sport, training at the gym and socialising with friends. I have taken part in two sprint triathlons, one in Dubai and one in the UK (after being inspired into sport and exercise by my brother). I also used to do Irish dancing a long time ago and have performed in many shows, (some with Miss McQuinn). Last year, my brother got married in the UK and I was his best woman. This year, I am going to be an aunty to a beautiful baby girl. 

My Experience

After leaving St Thomas’s, I completed my NQT year at Bryon Primary School as a Foundation Stage Teacher. This role allowed me to broaden my knowledge of the Foundation Stage Curriculum and it greatly improved my confidence as a young professional. I left Bryon in 2010 to pursue a lifelong ambition of world travel. I visited countries such as Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji broadening my horizons of culture, diversity and traditions. This incredible opportunity allowed me to see some spectacular sights, meet new people and gain valuable life experiences.

Once returning to the UK I begin teaching again, I accepted the position of Year One teacher and the following year I was appointed Year Group Leader enabling me to develop my leadership, team work and management skills. I led a teaching team of four forming a strong, professional relationship with all members of staff and helping our pupils achieve their full potential.

After getting itching feet to travel again in 2013, I applied for position at Horizon International School in Dubai and worked there for two years in KS1. Following this I moved to Safa British School and continued my journey in Year Two and in Year 4. I worked at Safa for a total of six years. Last year, I returned back to the UK to spend time with family and friends. I love teaching and learning from young people and I am committed to making meaningful contributions to their growth.