We are continuing our Teacher Feature series this week with Ms Rachel Burtrand, our Computer Science Teacher.
Miss Burtrand holds a PGCE in Information Communication and Technology from the UK and has taught ICT and Computer Science for over 14 years at various schools in the UK, Asia and Europe. She enjoys seeing students progress in her subject and develop a love of learning.
Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
My journey as a teacher started with some volunteer work at a local school in England, when I was studying for my degree, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to turn it into my career. I then completed a teacher training qualification, and 14 years and 5 countries later I am still teaching Computer Science. I have taught in both the British state system and international schools, in Asia and Europe and I have taught a range of qualifications from GCSE ICT to IGCSE/A level Computer Science. I have really enjoyed teaching and all the places I've been too, and I am continuing to do so whilst living and teaching in Slovenia.
Why did you decide to specialise in Computer Science?
I enjoyed what I studied at A-Level and degree level, so for me, ICT/Computer Science was the only subject I was interested in teaching.
What makes BISL such a unique place to work?
It's a very small school, with a very nice feel to it, it's relaxed but still proper as students are well behaved and motivated but not overly stressed. The environment is very nice, classrooms are large, and the outdoor section is nice for students and staff. The atmosphere is caring and staff make the effort to support each other and the students to reach their potential, it's a very positive place.
How would you describe a typical day at BISL?
Welcomed with a smile from a range of staff and students which is really nice, then I go up to the staffroom and grab the resources and my laptop that I need for my registration and first teaching period. After that, I teach my lessons, carry out duties, attend any scheduled meetings, take my breaks and generally enjoy my day.
Why is the experience of an international education important for a student?
I think it helps them to have a more global perspective, be open-minded and gain qualifications that are internationally recognized in schools that often have small class sizes, which is a huge advantage.