Richmond would like parents and families to have a better insight into the histories and backgrounds its teachers, and so is profiling each of its teachers in the next several weeks in special biographical blog posts.
Our first bio is of Miss Tammy, who teaches Years 3 and 4.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up?
Hi, my name is Tammy and I’m from the North of England, close to Manchester. I haven´t actually lived there for nearly 6 years though, as before moving here, I was living close to Birmingham for University.
I really like travelling and meeting new people…as well as spending quality time with my family and friends. I´m a huge Disney fan who may or may not have gone to Disneyland Paris dressed up as Rapunzel two years ago…
Was there anything particularly interesting or unusual about your childhood?
My childhood was pretty straight forward. I have two older brothers and a sister; me being the youngest. The thing that stands out in primary school for me, was that I scored the highest mark on my English SAT´s tests, out of all of my class. Something I was very proud of!
At what point did you decide to go into teaching? What lured you into the field?
When I was younger I would always play ´teachers´. I’ve always grown up with younger children around me and enjoyed playing and watching them learn. As I´m such a big kid myself, I’ve always loved working and being with children. I’ve had my fair share of fantastic – and not so great- teachers, who have shaped me into the teacher I am today. Hopefully I don´t fall in to the not so great category!
Where did you get your teaching degree? What was the hardest thing/the best thing/the most interesting thing about obtaining it?
I studied close to Birmingham for 4 years for my teaching degree. Writing hundreds of assignments I learnt a lot, but I definitely gained the most knowledge and experience from my teaching placements. In each placement, the teacher gave me full responsibility of the class and planning after a short while, and I was able to develop lasting relationships with teachers and bonds with some amazing children.
At school I worked really hard to plan and resource great lessons, waking up early every morning, as well as writing my final dissertation! But it was definitely all worth it when I got a ´first´ for my teaching and finished university with honors.
When did you move to Spain? How do you like it here? What do you like best about living here? What was the most difficult/challenging thing about relocating to Spain?
I moved to Vilanova I la Geltru in October 2014 when I decided to move abroad for 9 months to teach English. It was a huge decision to make at the time, and I was adamant I would make a swift return back to my lovely family and friends. But here I am half way through my second year living here, and loving it! Of course, I miss my family and friends more than anything and it gets really difficult at times. But regular skypes and trips home keep me in touch. The weather is definitely my favourite thing about living here, but also the fascinating culture and festivals. Who doesn’t love throwing sweets around the streets and dressing up for a whole week for events like Carnaval?!
How did you find out about Richmond? Was it before you arrived in Spain or were you already here?
Whilst working in a Catalan school and an academy last year, I started to research local international schools as I was getting really tempted to stay in the sun for longer.
Although I really enjoyed teaching my classes last year, I missed all the other parts of teaching like Maths, Science, Art and History etc. and was eager to get back to being a class teacher for all subjects. Richmond School was suggested to me so I looked online and decided to visit and apply for a job…and here I am!
What is the most challenging aspect of your work? What do you find the most satisfying? What has been your proudest achievement so far at Richmond? If you could change one thing about Richmond, what would it be?
My year so far at Richmond has been great! Although my class was a little tough to begin with due to new mixed classes and some difficult behaviour, I have loved working with my class and I am so proud of what they have achieved so far. The proudest moment so far was analyzing the fantastic Maths puma test results with the children. Both I and the children were nervous at first, but fortunately we were able to see the great improvement that everybody had made and we were all ecstatic! Something I would like to help the school improve with is reading. Reading can be very difficult for children, especially those with English as an additional language. It is important that they understand what they are reading, and are able to read in between the lines, rather than just being able to read fluently and have no idea what the text is about. In light of this, I will be attending some training programs this year which I am looking forward to.
Thank you Miss Tammy, for sharing a bit of your life story. And here are a few photos of Miss Tammy and some of her wonderful students.