Teacher Feature – Miss Gaby.
Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
My name is Gaby Pearson and I teach Year 1 at Nadeen School. I completed my Primary PGCE this summer and moved to Bahrain to start my teaching journey! I come from a tiny village called Marsworth in Hertfordshire, England but I grew up as an expat in Holland and Nigeria. The schools I attended shared the same ethos and care as Nadeen School, and the connection I had with my expat teachers is one of the things that drew me into teaching and joining the team at Nadeen school. Although I may be new to teaching, I also have a Drama and Theatre Studies degree and I love to bring this creativity into my classroom to make learning stimulating and fun for my students.
Why did you decide to specialise in your chosen area?
From a young age, I always cared about interacting with and helping those around me in any way I could. After watching my amazing teachers help children like myself who sometimes struggled with and needed extra time to understand some of the content being taught, I knew that teaching would be a good choice of career for me. I have always really enjoyed working with young children and creating special moments for them. I developed this skill while working at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida where it was always so important to make all guests, especially the young children, feel special and understand that they matter. I try to bring this into my teaching every day so that the children in my class can feel as special as I did while I was at school. Children have such a positive energy and I find it so incredible that they are often so open to trying and learning new things without fear of getting things wrong.
What makes Nadeen such a unique place to work?
Nadeen School says that they are a small school and a large family, and while some schools may have a similar mantra, they don’t often follow through. In my experience this mantra shines through at Nadeen School as everyone has been so welcoming and supportive. The staff and teachers here truly care about the children and their colleagues. Children and adults alike feel like they matter. Nadeen School also has such a positive and clear ethos that is seen in everything they do. It was quite daunting to move to a new country so far from home (that I had never visited before) and start as a new teacher but everyone has been so welcoming and caring that it genuinely feels like joining a family. The diversity of cultures within the school is very special and highlights a real sense of community.
How would you describe a typical day at Nadeen?
There is always a wonderful and happy buzz in the air. The adults are discovering exciting and interesting ways to teach the children. The children are smiling and excited to learn something new. No matter where you go in the school you will find someone happy to greet you and give you a smile.