When I first arrived in the Middle East I had no idea that I would be here for 11 years, during this time I have grown to love the culture, the people and sometimes even the heat and have made my stay in the region a huge part of my adventure called life.
Living in the Middle East has given me opportunities to travel to some wonderful places in the world, I love meeting new people and learning about their country, culture, cuisine and traditions. With travel I am able to pursue my hobbies like walking, photography, reading and writing.
Over the years I have been a part of children’s lives as their teacher and mentor. I hope that I have enriched their lives in some way and given them the scaffolding on which to build their future learning. Colleagues are my friends and friends are my adopted family as we take part in this overseas adventure together.
I am excited about the next chapter of my adventure in Saudi Arabia and especially at Multinational School in Dhahran. Saudi Arabia is taking strides in becoming leaders in education. There is a recognition that boys and girls together will build the future of their country and I am honoured to be part of this process.
I have been a teacher for the past 12 years, most of which has been spent in Abu Dhabi. I was trained in the IB (PYP) system at a private school where I taught for five years and then moved to the government sector where a combination of American Common Core and British Curriculum is used. As a grade level leader for six years I have been responsible for efficient grade coordination as well as for the staff on my team.
I believe all children can learn and should be given the opportunity to learn as best suits them, their learning does, however, need team work and this involves good relationships with parents, administration, teachers and the child themselves. I firmly believe that by building confidence in a child you give them the desire to be inquirers and achievers in not only their education but in life. It is important that children are taught in an environment of respect, that will teach them not only to respect themselves but others as well.
Education is a lifelong process and as we teach we are given the wonderful opportunity of learning from our students and each other. This is what makes life’s adventures rich.