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Fiona Whittaker

P.E. Teacher
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I have been involved in education for over twenty years and during this time I have been fortunate to have experienced a wide variety of educational establishments both in the United Kingdom and in Hong Kong. My initial teaching was at Secondary level where I quickly developed to become Head of Girls PE and then moved to Hong Kong where I was instrumental with the designing of new sports facilities. Teaching in such a diverse multicultural environment was certainly one of the highlights of my career. Upon my return to the United Kingdom I continued to teach PE at a Secondary School until the birth of my daughter. I took five years out of education in order to establish the fundamentals of pre-school education with my daughter at home: incorporating art; music; dance; reading; playing; singing and many other stimulating activities which ensured she was ready for mainstream schooling at the age of five years. After this most rewarding time of my life I was then ready to return to teaching; but this time at Primary level. I then taught for thirteen years at an Independent Preparatory School in the United Kingdom, teaching PE and Swimming from Reception to Year 8. I believe that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. I always promote active involvement from every child and believe that regardless of sporting ability every child can enjoy and have a positive attitude to sport, health and fitness, thus promoting the “Sport for All” policy; ensuring a lifelong love of sport and physical activity. Lessons must be fun and enjoyable so that children learn and develop. Having a Secondary specialist background in PE ensures high expectations and learning above the norm; the less able can enjoy, grow in confidence and improve their ability. I believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and try to incorporate this idea when teaching by creating a stimulating and active environment all. To perform well the children need to be organised and dedicated, this is important not just in their PE but also to prepare them for their everyday school life; being competitive is also a big part of PE and they need to understand how to deal with this inside and outside of school.

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