I have had many amazing teaching moments throughout my career, whether it was a student who mastered a somersault without support or my FS1 student who managed to hit a number of targets in a lesson. Every success my students gain at every level, brings me joy and reminds me why I am a teacher.
I have been actively involved in Netball and Hockey from an early age, participating at school, town and county level. As a natural leader I was the Kettering Ladies Hockey Team captain at the age of 16 until I went off to University, allowing me to develop the skills to work with people who were of varied age ranges and the day to day running of the team from all aspects.
My keen interest in Anatomy and Physiology also lead me to obtaining my level 3 sports massage diploma and taping course, which in-turn helped me gain a position as team physio for the Doha Mens 1st Rugby team. While in Muscat I was recruited by a team of cyclists competing in a range of competitions as their team physio and finally in Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi Strollers.
Qualifications: BSC Sports Equipment Development | PGCE in Secondary Physical Education with a Primary Specialism
I have always been passionate about sport from a very young age and was rarely home before 6pm taking part in the number of sports and fixtures held. I had inspirational PE teachers who I looked up to and instilled a passion for sport and teaching within. While studying both GCSE and A-level PE my love for Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics made me interested in my under graduate degree (Sports Equipment Development) at Sheffield Hallam University. During my third and final year I was still very much wanting to be a Physical Education teacher, so I applied for a PGCE at the University of Exeter where I became a Teacher of Secondary Physical Education with a Primary Specialism.
I returned home to Northamptonshire where I began my teaching career back in 2009 and was very keen to get involved in the school sports coordinator role, working with primary children from local surrounding schools providing them with high quality PE lessons and teaching the primary teachers effective ways of teaching PE, which was seen as highly successful when the year 6’s moved up to secondary school. I believe that children who have mastered the fundamentals will be more successful in accessing a range of sports at a secondary level.
As one for adventure I applied for my first international teaching role in 2011 where I set off to Qatar, I then moved to Oman (Muscat) where I was in charge of developing the primary PE curriculum and swim coordinator for 3 years and then for the past 5 years in Abu Dhabi where I have been an active member of the PE department growing it from a 3 member department to a 9 member department, creating the Primary and Secondary curriculums for both PE and Swimming and being a key member of ADDISA league for U9, U11 and U13 Netball. I also involve myself in the wider school being involved in school productions by choreographing dances and set design, choreographing national day dances to be displayed to the public and being in charge of the Academy of Excellence program. I am very excited to be joining Safa British school and to be working alongside both amazing staff and students.