Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Iona Henderson, but you can call me Miss Iona. I am really looking forward to teaching in the Foundation stage and I can’t wait to meet you all. I am from a town called Shrewsbury in England, that is in the United Kingdom, where I grew up. I moved to Cheshire to attend Chester University to study for my degree in Early Years Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status. I was the only student to achieve ‘outstanding’ in all of the teacher substandards and overall standards. Over my teaching career I have taught Reception in Kuwait and a combined class of Early Years and Reception in Khao Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima where I ran the foundation department. For the past eighteen months I have been living back in the UK where I renovated a 157 year old house with my partner and my two Thai Soi dogs. I most recently completed a qualification in Neuroscience in the Early Years (0-5) and I look forward to adding this new dimension to my teaching. I believe fun and learning go hand in hand! The foundation stage is such a magical time, especially in Reception where children learn to read, write and discover a whole new world of possibilities! I am really looking forward to the year ahead in Reception Blue Class and working with all the staff at HeadStart Phuket, developing and inspiring young inquisitive minds to help reach their full potential.