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Siobhan is a Secondary English teacher who is working the borough of Hackney teaching KS3 & KS4 English.
Your current job with Thames Teachers:
I am a Secondary English teacher. I work in an all-girls Academy in Hackney.
What subjects and age groups do you teach?
English and I sometimes help in the drama department and loving being involved in this year’s school production of Oliver. My students are totally different on the stage and see a completely different side to Ms O’Toole!
How do you think your experience teaching in London will develop your career, especially with moving back to Ireland in mind?
I came to London for a new experience and have already noticed many similarities teaching here. I love the diversity that London has to offer and know that when I return home one day I will have gained a lot of experience that will be well recognised by schools in Ireland.
What skills are you gaining from your experience teaching in London?
I have never taught in a large city before and have thoroughly enjoyed working with students from so many different cultural backgrounds. I must admit that I was very surprised by how many students speak English as a second language. It has made me a stronger teacher and have developed skills to cater for the variety of learning needs within each class. It is amazing to see how quickly foreign students absorb a language and culture.
What advice would you offer an Irish teacher considering the move to London?
Register with Thames Teachers – they will provide you with all the information you need and more! They offered me the highest rate at interview too.
What do you enjoy most about teaching and living in London?
What made you choose Thames Teachers and how would you rate our service?
A friend of mine recommended Thames Teachers to me and I can totally see why.