Me!! Me!! Me!!
I have a B Ed (hons) English & Technology from University of Chester; and I have a TEFL Diploma from Bridge Online.
I have been teaching mainstream primary for 12 years (with a few years out in between); and have been lucky enough to teach all year groups from KG up to Year 6 full-time. Last year as a Full-Time Supply teacher at a large K-12 school in Kuwait, I also gained experience teaching Science, Social Studies and Maths in KS3, and English in KS3&4.
I love teaching, but don’t like the early hours – in Kuwait the bell rings at 7.30am! So why am I not teaching now? Well, an accident last summer landed me in ICU for three weeks, and bed-ridden for a further three. A few months later I had to have a kidney removed – so I was off school for a further five weeks. For a long time after I returned to school, I would come straight home and sleep. Hubby would wake me up at 7pm to eat dinner, then I’d be back to sleep. So, I quit work to get me well (takes time – I just had more surgery last week); and am using the time to do a Master of Arts in Online and Distance Education with the OU.
Not an easy task, trying to fight my cats for the laptop! However, I do believe that e-learning is an immensely important part of today’s education. Since being introcuced to Interactive Whiteboards two years ago, I don’t think there is a single lesson I have prepared without a supplementary interactive activity.
About me – I love sailing, and own both a beachcat and a yacht. We regularly sail on expeditions to the islands of Kuwait. In fact, my husband and I intend to sail around the world starting June 2012 (after I finish this MA ODE), and we’re hoping I’ll be able to use this qualification to help out with the expenses of doing so.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I’m also a SCUBA Instructor Trainer in my spare time – and this year I’m working as a Safety Diver for a Commercial Diving operation here. They say variety is the space of life!