I am Irish but have now lived more of my life overseas than in Ireland. Having changed careers and retrained to become a teacher, I can confidently say that teaching is my true vocation. As a long-term expat, I have had the benefit of experiencing education, as a teacher and as a parent, in several countries, giving me valuable insight into what is effective and what is important to children and their development. I joined the Foundation Stage department at DBS as a teacher in 2012. Over the years, I have taught in both FS1 and FS2 and I have watched proudly as an already Outstanding department continued to develop and evolve, into an exemplary model of how to provide the best early years education for children. I hope you get the opportunity to visit us and see the rich, vibrant and happy space that we have created. I became the Head of Foundation at DBS in 2019 and I strive to ensure the practice of constantly reviewing, learning and growing in our department, to give the best environment in which to teach and learn. When I am not at work, I enjoy playing tennis, cooking (and eating) and travelling to new places or to visit my grown-up children. Best Moment In Teaching My best moments in teaching are the little things that happen every day and are too numerous to mention! However, if I have to pick two that bring me joy they would be: 1) the children who learn to share, speak confidently, read, write and count but tell their parents that they don’t do work at school, they just play! and 2) the emails that I receive every year from parents, whose children clung nervously to their legs in September, telling me that their children now ask why they can’t go to school at the weekend!
Assistant Headteacher:Foundation Stage Leader