I am from Buckinghamshire in England, one of the Home Counties on the edge of London. After completing my GCSE’s and A-Levels I went to Loughborough University to study Drama and English for three years. During this time, I worked with children in my holidays at Summer Camps as an Activity leader. This was where I decided I wanted a career working with children. After graduation, I applied to work for a ‘Performing Arts’ company in London teaching children aged 4-12. I soon became a manager of the branches across the South counties of England, focussing on after school clubs, weekend sessions and primary school workshops. I also taught Musical Theatre for two other companies to children aged 8-18. During this time, I also took to the stage myself; performing in a variety of amateur dramatic musicals!
During my time to Dubai, I have been very lucky to experience a variety of teaching roles as well as working with a huge range of ages of children. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and being outdoors (when it is not too hot!) on the beach or trying to improve my skills on the golf course!
This is my seventh year in Dubai and teaching at Safa British School. I began my Safa journey as a Year Three Teacher and then Head of Year. I then took on the challenge of Head of Creative Arts, teaching Drama and Performing Arts from FS to Year 7. It was an absolute pleasure to work with all the children in the school especially Directing and Producing the Year Group Productions, but after two years, I was eager to get back into the classroom and have my own class again. I then taught Year 6 and this was the year where I was fortunate enough to have my baby daughter Ava Rose. After maternity, I went back to teach Year 3 (a year group I knew well!) however, after teaching Upper Key Stage 2, I soon realised where I belonged!
After spending time in Primary Schools I soon decided that I belonged in one myself and decided to undertake my PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. I worked in various Year groups for my teacher training, in a variety of schools and then was fortunate to achieve a job in one of the top achieving ‘Outstanding’ Schools in Central London. It was a small one-form entry school where I completed my NQT year and taught Year 5 for 3 years. I was also responsible for Performing Arts, taking choir rehearsals, musical theatre club, as well as teaching Music to Years 3-6.