Reception Class Teacher, Dunannie

BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations, University of Reading
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Reading
Post Graduate Certificate in Music Education, University of Reading

What makes a good teacher at Dunannie? 

The teachers at Dunannie have a wide range of skills, interests and backgrounds but there are core qualities that are shared by all: an understanding of how each child learns and what they are interested in, a love for facilitating discoveries and an ability to develop positive relationships. 

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

  • Motivation, a sense of humour and perseverance so that they try their hardest, find solutions and overcome frustrations even when answers are not immediately clear.
  • Creativity, an enquiring mind and a sense of adventure so that they are confident to experience new things, question the world around them and invent.
  • Team work, empathy and kindness so that they are ready for an interdependent world and inspire others.

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

I have just taken on the role of Senior Common Room (SCR) representative and English Leader for Dunannie which gives me the opportunity to meet with staff from across the school. 

In your opinion, what makes Dunannie special?

Ever since I heard about the ethos and founding principles of Bedales, I knew I wanted to work here and as soon as a vacancy arose, I applied. On my interview day, I was hit by a vibe of creativity, love and excitement about learning and this, for me, continues to be what makes Dunannie special. I have since realised that this is all made possible due to the quality of relationships between all members of the community.

What is your best memory of Dunannie?

I love the end of day handshake with the children. Apart from it showing each other respect and being a friendly farewell, it feels as though we are congratulating each other on a job well-done in our learning partnership. 

Who or what inspires you? 

Kindness, passion, faith, smiles and the opportunity to discover. Someone who inspires me, and I regret not telling her so, is a girl I taught at Sunday school when I was teaching in Uganda. No hardships she faced or barriers put in her way, dulled her determination to learn, diminished her faith or stopped her smiling. 

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

I play in a flute choir called Tooty Flooty which I love! We play what we enjoy listening to, from jazz to classical, and the focus is firmly on fun.