I have been teaching since 1995, first in Auckland, and then in Hamilton.
My husband is the Head of Science at St Paul's Collegiate School.
I have two sons, one in Year 11 and one in Year 9, both attending St Paul's.
I have a constant shadow (when at home) in the form of my 4 year old black and white dog Sam (a border collie x huntaway).
In terms of teaching, I like to push my students to be the best they can be, this can make students uncomfortable at first, but in the long run they are proud of what they achieve.
The two IB attitudes that I focus on most strongly are Respect and Independence. In terms of respect, if all students are treated with respect, they feel safe to try in class, and share their ideas. Their belongings are safe and they are happy to be in class. Independence is the key to being a lifelong learner, a student prepared for high school and beyond. I want a class who know what they are meant to be doing and who do it. Students who make sure their learning progresses without me being at their back.