I have been teaching since 2001. I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, Primary), a U.K teaching Licence (QTS), and have I.B training. I am passionate about teaching, librarianship, books, and design.
My Teaching Journey
My teaching journey started after a stay with a teacher-friend during a business trip to France in 2000. During that stay I made the decision to change my career path and that is when my educational experiences began.
In 2001 I completed a CELTA course and moved to Japan where I worked as a teacher for SHANE English Schools Japan. The experience was great but I wanted to develop my teaching skills further.
I moved back to the U.K and completed a PGCE in Elementary Education. The course provider is ranked as 'outstanding' by OFSTED. The course was demanding but also very rewarding.
After achieving QTS I joined an elementary school as a NQT. It was an excellent school with an amazing, hard working staff. They have been consistently ranked high in national value-added league tables.
I returned to Japan in December 2006. I joined Tokyo International School, and The British School, as a part-time supply teacher.
Currently I am a Science teacher for grade four. Prior to that I was a classroom teacher and the librarian.
In 2014/2015 on Saturdays I worked as the Saturday manager for TIS's after school program. I trained and supported their teaching staff of around 15 teachers, as well as developed and improved their Saturday school program. This managerial role was immensely reward and allowed me to gain another skill set and further understanding in how successful schools are managed.