I’ve been a teacher for 17 years, but I’ve worked with youth and experiential education since my early 20s. I love teaching languages and literature. I feel that it’s a gift to witness students’ first steps toward independence as they start formulating their thoughts and ideas about the world. Their energy and creativity are very powerful at this age.
I also feel fortunate to have been able to teach internationally for the last 14 years. My husband, Mr Patrick Holt, is also a passionate educator, and with our kids Lucy and Thomas, we have lived in Taiwan, Qatar, and now Singapore. As a family, we love travelling, the outdoors, and seeking out fantastic and exciting food wherever we go, and being an international school teacher allows these opportunities.
What has been one especially memorable moment for you as a teacher at the school?
One of the most memorable moments for me at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) has been my work with the Arts Team. I've been lucky enough to be able to support the team as stage manager for the Secondary Years theatre productions for the past two years. As a child and teenager, I grew up backstage and on stage at The Charlottetown Summer Festival, where my father worked as a lighting director for 40+ years. I love everything to do with theatre and especially love the teamwork and dedication that is needed to put on a great show. Our students are tremendously talented, and theatre allows them to tap into many skills and abilities that are transferable to other areas of their lives and their studies. It's a thrill to watch the students become the characters onstage and to watch them work through their process and develop their acting techniques. I appreciate that GEMS students are involved in all aspects of theatre productions from the promotion, to lighting, stage managing, making costumes and sets, and of course acting, singing, performing the music, and dancing.