In 2001, I came to Canada from the U.K., where I taught in a number of different schools, including South Hampstead High School for Girls and Mander Portman Woodward Independent College in London.
I love the creative aspect of teaching. In my science classes, I aim to create an environment where students can connect what we share in the classroom to their own personal lives and to society as a whole.
I love those ‘aha moments’ in class when students suddenly see their ideas linking together. As teachers, we strive to facilitate the development skills and mindsets to help students make such connections.
Branksome Hall provides its faculty with many opportunities to enhance our skills, so that we can fully enrich the student experience in our classrooms. As faculty of an IB World School, we are encouraged to present at workshops, which enables us to collaborate and share our experiences with peers from around the world.
I appreciate the community spirit that our school creates at every level, from the collegial atmosphere among my colleagues to the community spirit that encompasses all aspects of student life. I value the fact that students are given every opportunity to develop their strengths, both inside and outside the classroom, in a nurturing environment.
Branksome also offers many community service opportunities to both faculty and students. For the last two summers, I was a member of a team of teachers from Branksome who worked with students at QGAP in South Africa, preparing them for their matric exams.