Teacher Feature – Miss Fatima.
Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
My name is Fatima Loonat and I am currently teaching at Nadeen International School in Bahrain! It is honestly a privilege to be here and a dream come true. After completing a Level 3 in Early Years Educator, I went on to completing a BA(Honours) in Early Childhood Studies. Regardless of the pandemic causing me (and the rest of the world!) to switch to learning online, I was determined to graduate to be able to start my teaching journey. 3 weeks after graduating with my degree, I was lucky enough to be able to start my first teaching job with Nadeen and have an amazing Reception class!
Why did you decide to specialise in your chosen area?
Like many children, I always knew what I wanted to become and what I wanted to work towards from a young age. Coming from a family with many younger cousins, I was always surrounded by children, and spending time with them gave me more of a reason for wanting to work with the Early Years. Working with children, for me, means a new and different day each day, never knowing what to expect! Each day is full of laughter, enjoyment and smiles! More specifically, my passion for wanting to work with the Early Years was about understanding children’s innocence to the world and supporting them through their ‘firsts’ moments of their life. Creating a safe space for children when they enter our classroom and creating awareness in their minds that learning can be fun is crucial for me as it allows them to look back to their childhoods and remember only positive memories.
What makes Nadeen such a unique place to work?
Nadeen shall always create the most special memories for me as it’s the school where I was able to experience having my first and own class! Moreover, Nadeen teaches no matter which culture, background, religion and ethnicity you are, we can all come together to learn through team efforts and the willingness to learn! Working at Nadeen School has been great all around and I strongly believe this will only continue to be positive. With the support off all members of staff around the school and the involvement from parents, it creates a stimulating and vibrant learning atmosphere.
How would you describe a typical day at Nadeen?
Describing a ‘typical day’ at Nadeen would be challenging, with each day children being offered a number of different opportunities to extend their learning. However, the children come in eager to learn, play and see their teachers and friends! Fast forward to when children are leaving their classrooms at the end of the day, watching the children walk to their parents with their work and drawings in their hands and seeing the excitement on their faces from the conversations taking place between the parents and child is what gives teachers the honour to work at Nadeen.