Class Teacher, Dunannie

BTh (Hons) La Sainte Union College, Southampton, PGCE Chichester Institute, Friends of Yoga International Diploma

What makes a good teacher at Dunannie? 

A desire to see the children thrive in a happy, enjoyable learning environment. A positive attitude is essential, plus the ability to be flexible and take on new challenges.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your pupils?

  • Resilience, determination and taking pride in the work they produce.
  • An enjoyment of learning.
  • Self-confidence and compassion for others.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

I have the role of History coordinator, which allows me to be involved in the history curriculum.

I also teach yoga in an extra-curricular club.

In your opinion, what makes Dunannie special?

I began working at Dunannie in January 2007, running an extracurricular yoga club. From the moment I entered the school I knew it was special. All the staff make it an enjoyable experience for the children, their wellbeing is of great importance. I always feel supported by my colleagues.

What is your best memory of Dunannie?

I am fortunate enough to be part of the Year 3 team and attend the Minstead Residential trip every summer. I get to see the children thrive in a different learning environment. Minstead is a very unique place and it is so rewarding to watch the children gain so much independence.

Who or what inspires you? 

Compassion, thoughtfulness and empathy towards others.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you?

I am surprisingly good at roller skating! I once played my flute with the Royal Marines Band.