Klassenlehrperson / Pedagogical Leader English
I come from Northamptonshire in central England and studied for a degree in English Language and Psychology at the University of the West of England, in Bristol.
I then trained as a Primary school teacher and started my teaching career in England.
In the summer of 2013 I moved to Switzerland.
I love living in Zürich! It is such a diverse and exciting city and I feel very lucky, now, to call it my home.
Being a very active person I enjoy running, swimming and yoga.
I also enjoy cooking for friends and family, reading, studying German, watching movies and exploring new places.
My friends would describe me as energetic, enthusiastic and brave. I do thrive on challenging experiences that allow me to grow and learn.
I am a committed life-long learner and seek to act as a role model for the children I teach, to instill in them an instinct for curiosity and discovery.
In my first year in Zurich I enjoyed teaching at an international school. This was a fantastic experience which set me up well for my new opportunity at IBS Terra Nova.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has always guided my teaching when working as an Early Years Educator. Children must feel comfortable within their surroundings, feel safe and valued before they are able to show their potential for successful learning.
A child then finds their confidence to take the lead in a conversation, to work well in a group, to solve problems and to suggest ideas.
Walt Stergtiff, an American educationalist said:
«There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.»
I have a passion to teach children. They are excited, intrigued and fascinated by the world around them.
I regard it truly as a privilege to facilitate a child’s learning and provide them with the tools and experiences they require to achieve their goals.