I grew up in Bermondsey, South East London and feel lucky to have been educated and work in such a vibrant and diverse city.
From a fairly young age, I knew I wanted to work with children. Both of my grandparents were teachers and I decided to follow in their footsteps. I studied Primary Teacher Education at Oxford Brookes and went on to teach at two schools in Oxford. After five years living in Oxford, I felt it was time to broaden my career horizons and return to London, where I have continued my teaching practice in prep schools in South West London.
As a teacher, I ensure to create a positive working environment where children can be creative, expressive and excited to learn. I believe creativity is an important skill to instil in children. From a young age, I have enjoyed art and flourished in subjects where I was granted the opportunity to explore my own creativity.
As an adult, I continue to appreciate art and like to spend my free time exploring galleries in and around London. I am also passionate about travelling and enjoy visiting new countries. In particular Malta, as my father is Maltese (hence my unusual surname!) I enjoy sharing my travel experiences and encourage the children in my class to do the same.
What attracted you to St James?
When I first visited St James, the atmosphere was (and still is) so calm yet vibrant and very welcoming. The school’s ethos is like no other; every element is equally balanced which allows children to thrive in an invigorating and stimulating environment. As a teacher, I find this is the best environment for learning!
What makes a St James education stand out?
The St James education is so broad; pupils are taught core subjects alongside a range of both creative and philosophical subjects. This means the pupils can freely access their artistic side and become confident within themselves to share thoughts and ideas in a safe space.
What strikes you about St James pupils?
Thoughtful, strong-willed and happy are only a few of many words to describe St James pupils. This struck me from the very beginning and as I continue getting to know pupils from across the year groups, it is clear that the St James ethos is instilled in every child. Pupils here are curious, enthusiastic and excited to learn, which is all a teacher can ask for.