What makes a good teacher at Dunannie?
Someone who creates awe and wonder and ignites the inquisitive nature in children. A good teacher will be caring, compassionate, fun and will always put the best interest of the child first. Someone who is a team player, who is positive, supportive and collaborative in their approach.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in the children?
I want to encourage children to be inquisitive thinkers with a love of learning who embrace independent thought and a growth mind-set. I aim to create an environment where questioning, intellectual playfulness, critical thinking and the freedom to learn from mistakes are all encouraged. Our children are supported to take risks, develop independence, explore through play and are provided with an array of opportunities to unearth their talents.
Apart from your role, what else do you get involved with at the school?
I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful opportunities at Bedales and getting involved whenever I can. I love taking children on outdoor education experiences and I can’t wait to explore with the children.
In your opinion, what makes Dunannie special?
Dunannie children are so engaged in their learning, they have the freedom to explore, to make mistakes and to connect with their environment; playing and learning outdoors is where you witness the real magic of the school. Children are very happy here and it is a real joy to be part of such an inspiring school.
Who or what inspires you?
Many writers inspire me, not least AA Milne through the character of Winnie the Pooh, who often comes out with rather poignant remarks. This one in particular sums up what is important to me: “How you make others feel says a lot about who you are. Leave them with a smile, a hug and a kind thought”.
Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.
I have worked in many service projects but the best experience I have had was teaching in a remote school on the Cambodian and Vietnam border.