Year 8 Yellow
My name is Paddy and I’m originally from County Armagh in Ireland. During the summer of 2015 I travelled to Thailand and was blown away by its outstanding natural beauty and the friendliness of its people. I decided that it would be the perfect destination to make my new home and embark on the next chapter of my teaching career. I am extremely excited by the prospect of working at HeadStart International School. My passion for Science led me to study Biomedical Science at Queen’s University Belfast. After graduation I decided teaching was the ideal vocation. In 2011 I moved to Liverpool where I completed a PGCE in Secondary Science at Edge Hill University. Following this I secured a teaching position and moved to London. The last four years have been an invaluable experience, which has enabled me to develop a range of different teaching styles. My own teaching philosophy fully engages with the idea that every child should have a fair chance of success and be given every possible opportunity to learn. I want to help young people develop an enquiring mind and high self-esteem. In essence I believe teaching should be about guiding pupils to discovery and not just the facilitation of information. I am looking forward to getting started this academic year and meeting the rest of the HeadStart community.
Homeroom Teacher Introduction
My name is Letitia and I am from South Africa. I completed my degree in BSc Chemistry and PGCE at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
I have a passion for young people and through teaching I want to make a difference in students’ lives. I firmly believe in student oriented education where learners must be fully involved in their education and I am willing to go the extra mile for each learner.
My teaching experience in South Africa included working at IMPAK as a part-time teacher while completing my studies after which I moved, as a full time teacher to Hoërskool Warmbad which is a parallel medium High school teaching Mathematics and Physical Science.
Besides teaching I love to travel, scuba dive and to camp. In 2015 my husband and I decided to move to Thailand where I taught Primary Science at an English programme school in Rayong. The dream was always to live in Phuket and work at an International school. I was overjoyed when given the opportunity to join the Mathematics team at HeadStart in January 2016.
I am looking forward to continue working with staff and students from around the world and cannot wait to see what the new academic year holds.