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Q&A with Clare Kelly, Deputy Head of Secondary at Jumeira Baccalaureate School (JBS)

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Teachers and staff are a big part of what makes Jumeira Baccalaureate School (JBS) so special!

Trying to get a feel for a school, mama? Look no further than the Deputy Head’s office to find out what kind of tone is set for teachers and students alike. We sat down with Jumeira Baccalaureate School Deputy Head Clare Kelly to find out what sets JBS apart on the Dubai school scene. 

What is your background and training?

After studying a degree in Geography at Surrey University, I joined the civil service which then led to a job with Dow Jones International. During my time at Dow Jones, I realized that teaching has always been my passion so I joined Oxford University and trained to be teacher. I also moved on to complete my Master’s degree at Oxford. Then I moved to London to work in various schools before moving to Dubai in 2010.

What made you want to become a teacher?

I always wanted to become a teacher, my Nan used to be a teacher so I come from a family background of education. As a child, I used to play school with my toys – I used to line them up, pretend to be a teacher and then solve all my toys homework for them!

What do you love about working at your school in particular?

I love the people I work with. JBS has a strong sense of community as well as a very diverse international student body which makes every day exciting.

What is your favourite game or activity to do with your students?

I love doing field work and learning that takes place outside the classroom. I have also been a part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme for several years. I also enjoy camping trips in the desert during the school year.

What is one fun fact about you?

I love baking, it helps me de-stress. I also love traveling because I enjoy meeting people and learning about different cultures.

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