Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
My teaching journey began a few years ago in Birmingham, when I completed my teacher training at the University of Birmingham. I had two placements (one in Year 2 in a small school, and one in Year 6 in a larger school). After my training year, I then began working in a large independent school in Birmingham for two years before moving to Slovenia to join BISL.
Why did you decide to specialize in Primary education?
I decided to become a Primary teacher because I love helping younger children grasp new concepts. Also, they are generally so motivated to learn and try new things. It is such a privilege to be a part of the fundamental years of a child’s education.
What makes BISL such a unique place to work?
It is lovely and unique to work at BISL because the children and colleagues come from all over the world and I believe that everyone has a lot to learn from each other, but I also love that the Slovene culture is still so important and celebrated in our international school.
How would you describe a typical day at BISL?
A typical day at BISL is never boring! There is always something interesting going on, whether that’s an event, something that a child wants to share in a show and tell, or just everyday lessons - the children will always find ways to amaze us or keep us on our toes. Also, it is very interesting to talk about teaching with colleagues and share ideas about what we can try or how we can improve.
What is the best part of your day at BISL?
The best part of my day is welcoming the children in in the mornings, as they always come in with a cheery smile and often have homework, reading records or something else to show me or each other, which I love seeing. They are always ready to start the new day’s learning with smiles and enthusiasm.
Why is the experience of an international education important for a student?
I think experiencing an international education is important for children as it exposes them to wider range of cultures and backgrounds than you might find in other schools, which helps them to understand, appreciate theirs and others’ cultures, and generally develop empathy towards others. And even if some children are in one school for a short time, in that time, they will meet a wide range of people, make new and strong friendships, and gain a better understanding of the world, helping them to become better people as they grow up.