“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.”
– Dr. James P. Comer
- Founder of The Green School
- PGCE in Education
- BA Psychology
- Reading level 1 & Writing level 1: (University of Columbia) – Teacher’s College
- AISA American International Schools in Africa Conference – Johannesburg
- Differentiation in International Schools – Bill & Ochan Powell, AISJ
- The Responsive Classroom approach – AISJ
Educating the ‘whole child’ is a balance between meeting the child’s needs, a happy home and a safe stimulating school environment. As an educator, I am passionate about giving students the skills and strategies to pursue their goals and interests. I believe that children feel happy and confident when they are driving the learning process. I believe in up-to-date, relevant curriculum that is intrinsically motivating and that gives students the opportunities to read and write for real reasons, and become active critical thinkers and problem solvers.
I believe that only when a child is happy, confident and met at their ‘just right level’ do they make academic progress.
“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious!”
– Albert Einstein
- BSc in Environmental Sciences (Specialization in Human Physiology and Psychology),
- BSc Psychology Honours (Cum Laude)
- BA Psychometry Honours Equivalent with Special Interest in Educational Psychology
- MSc in Research Psychology (Current)
- Reading level 1: (University of Columbia) – Teacher’s College
I believe that it is a privilege to share knowledge and give young minds the skills that will allow them to follow their passions, in any direction they may choose. I believe that each child has unique strengths, and that it is a teacher’s duty to be part of the discovery process. I believe that teaching GRIT and a growth mindset is priceless in today’s world. I believe that a student’s creativity is limitless and should be nurtured and treasured at all times.
“Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.”
- Literacy Specialist Coach
- BEd in Primary Education
- MEd Literacy and Reading
- Reading level 1 & 2 (University of Columbia) – Teacher’s College
- AISA American International Schools Association in Africa conference – Johannesburg
- AISA American International Schools Association in Africa conference – Uganda
- MAIS Mediterranean American International Schools Conference – Spain
- Balanced Literacy: Reading & Writing leve1 & 2 – Eckey
- Differentiation in International School – Ochan Powell, The London Institute of Education
- The Responsive Classroom approach – AISJ
I am passionate about teaching reading and believe that everyone can become an avid reader! I strive to have strong connections with each of my students and see the importance of the ‘whole child’ when planning and teaching lessons. I use formative assessments to monitor individuals and to identify specific areas of focus. I also encourage my students to think deeply about the texts they read and to dive into the world that the author invites them into.
“Education is not preparation
for life, it is life itself.”
– John Dewey
I have a passion for research, communication and the management of small businesses and strive to be a catalyst for change in education, through incorporating international best practices in my everyday life.
“I call my students ‘My Kids’ because in our year together they aren’t just kids on my class list, they are part of my heart.”
I believe that children learn best through play and positive reinforcement and more importantly being able to do so at their own pace in a safe and nurturing environment. My teaching style is very much child dependent and catering to their individual needs. I believe strongly in a balance of free play, structured learning, the building of trust and making sure that our children are happy and feel loved.
‘I facilitate teaching. I engage minds. I listen to questions. I encourage risk. I support struggle. I cultivate dreams. I learn everyday. I teach.” -Unknown
I believe that there are key elements that are conducive to actively engage in meaningful learning and it is our responsibility to create that for our children. My role is to act as a guide for my students where learning takes place through hands on activities. I believe in choice and encourage a child’s natural curiosity to influence their leaning.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.”
– Marianne Williamson
- BCOM in Psychology and Marketing
- PGDC in Coaching and Leadership
- Basic Counseling training for adults, children and trauma
- Emotion Coaching for Parents
- Non-Medical Hypnotherapy
- Brain Profile Practitioner and Study Skills
- Enneagram Facilitator
- Systemic Constellations Practitioner
- Access Consciousness Practitioner
- Satyananda Yoga Teacher
I believe in connection. I believe in order to reach connection; we have to allow ourselves to stop seeing ourselves as separate from. Our children provide us with the opportunity to connect to ourselves as teachers to them and within that allowing them to be teachers to us. A holistic education provides us with the opportunity to develop the whole individual rather than imposing a set structure onto them. The general way that the world is currently functioning at is not sustainable, and we need to be able to grow the future leaders of our country through harnessing their own passions, skills and inspirations. Our duty as adults are not to darken their light and tell them what to do, but rather to brighten their light and ask – ‘how can I help develop your soul?’
“Our children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; for even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.” – Kahlil Gibran
“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love”.
– Mother Theresa
I love working with children and I am very passionate about empowering young people to be the best versions of themselves by highlighting their strengths and building strong, confident foundations for a successful life. I absolutely love learning about the power of the brain and how we can motivate ourselves, and each other by living positive, active and joy-filled lives.
“The future of the world is in my classroom today.”
- Ivan Welton Fitzwater
I believe that all students have the ability to learn, and that every student has their own “spark” to add to the learning environment. Every child is an individual and can explore their individuality comfortably. My learners are encouraged to ask questions, become problem solvers, develop a skill for critical thinking and to be curious about the world they live in. I believe in a structured classroom space, with consistency and routine forming a safe environment for the learners to feel comfortable, and secure. I aim to create an environment that is inviting, exciting and safe, a place where children want to spend their day whilst learning.