I am an British trained Early Years Teacher, based internationally, currently Taiwan. Although trained in the Primary National Curriculum for England, my passion has always been Early Years. I discovered this early in my career, teaching Early Years in Egypt for two years.
I have one daughter and she, alongside my need to get to grips with a totally different pedagogy, inspired me to complete a Masters in Childhood Studies and Early Years. This course was inspiring and involved an Action Research project where I put my theory into practice by building my own Early Years business in Vietnam. Here I educated both parents and children in the value of play as the most important vehicle for learning in the Early Years. I learnt a great deal on the importance of interactions with both children and their parents.
Upon completing the course I was awarded a distinction and it was wonderful to receive this award at the Leeds Beckett Masters ceremony with my daughter watching on. Currently, I am very fortunate to teach in my third year of Reception within an International School in Taiwan. My husband also teaches within Primary (Key Stage 2) and my daughter now is in Year 3.
I am a keen writer and author, my passion is the ‘lived stories’ of others, but I have also been investigating my own, within autoethnography. In July, I presented at the 2021 Autoethnography Conference which retold my experiences as a trainee teacher. I regularly write for my school newsletter and quarterly magazine, Connect.
I am also a passionate supporter of those in education. In 2021, I set up #WomenEdTw (WomenEd Taiwan). With the support of two others, I organise networking and support events for women in education. My aim is to give others the confidence and support to apply for roles outside of their comfort zone.