Hello and Sawadee ka! My name is Kirsty and I am from Manchester in the North West of England. I have a degree in History and Sociology from The University of Leeds, and gained my Post Graduate Certificate of Education at The University of Manchester through the TeachFirst graduate programme. Through my training, I developed a passion for planning creative, challenging and engaging lessons; a passion which has continued to grow throughout my teaching career. I have been teaching now for over ten years and have had the pleasure of being part of the HeadStart community for five of those. During my time at HeadStart, I have taught in each phase of Primary and have worked with so many incredible children and fellow educators. I have also held responsibility for coordinating both maths and science for the Primary phase. Both of these roles allowed me to really develop and nurture my love of curriculum design, whilst also staying up to date with the latest research in teaching pedagogy. After recently completing my NPQ in leading teaching, I am excited this year to continue to develop my passion for teaching and learning through my role as Deputy Head of Primary Academic. Outside of the classroom, I particularly enjoy reading and like to keep active through regular swimming. Since arriving in Phuket, I have also taken up diving which I thoroughly enjoy. I also have a keen interest in history and learning about the past and culture of other places. I therefore love to travel and enjoy exploring the many beautiful places both within and around Phuket. I am thrilled to be working with our fantastic teaching team this year and look forward to us working together to ensure that all children are inspired by their learning and are both supported and challenged to achieve their very best.