Ms Danielle introduces herself to the Shrewsbury community.
Shrewsbury City Campus has announced the launch of its first Nursery, offering places for students aged 2 years old.
Experienced Early Years educator and leader Ms Danielle Devanny joins the City Campus team as Nursery Teacher & EY1 Team Leader. Ms Danielle brings over 10 years of early years experience to Shrewsbury. We asked Ms Danielle to introduce herself to the school community:
What is your nationality and background?
I am British and I was born and raised in the beautiful countryside in West Yorkshire. I lived in a small village growing up and was able to visit the Lake District very often which is a highlight of my childhood.
What inspired you to become a teacher? What do you love about teaching?
During my secondary school years as a young adult I loved the Arts, especially painting. My art teacher inspired me a lot and I spent all my time in the art room and traveling around the world to visit different exhibitions. I wanted to inspire and support children on their learning paths.
Children develop so much within the first 5 years of their lives and to be a part of developing that strong foundation for a love of learning is an honour. I love to watch the children develop and experience things for the first time. The look on their faces when they make their first friend, the satisfaction when they fit the puzzle piece into the hole or when parents tell you that at the weekend they said they wanted to come to school!
What do you consider to be your greatest successes in your teaching career so far?
I would say my two biggest successes would have to be being a founding member of Dulwich College in Yangon, Myanmar, opening and developing their early years department and due to a lot of professional development, being able to implement different approaches in schools around the world that not only enhance learning but are unique and made personal to the school’s philosophy.
How and when did you find yourself in Bangkok?
I worked in Yangon, Myanmar for 7 years so I often came to Bangkok for my visa, to visit schools and to travel. I always knew I wanted to live in this beautiful country so when I saw the position at one of the best schools in Bangkok, I applied without hesitation.
What most excites you about your new role at City Campus? What are your plans for the Nursery?
What an amazing opportunity to lead a team of outstanding professionals with purpose built, age-specific environments! I do not often see schools being able to offer the same outstanding facilities exclusively for primary-aged children. It is wonderful to our City Campus students having such rich learning experiences.
I am extremely excited about opening the first Nursery at Shrewsbury, which has already proven to be very popular. I have created a ‘home-like’ atmosphere where the children feel safe and secure for their first experiences of school life. I am forming strong relationships with families to ensure these first transitions of school are seamless.
I plan to allow the children to lead me on their individual learning paths, letting the children develop at their own pace, whilst encouraging them to be curious and follow their wonders...
And finally, what do you like to do when you’re not teaching?
I have a 2 year old son so I love to spend time playing with him and having family time. We enjoy playing with transport and reading. I specialised in the Arts during my university degree and developed a love for painting using oil pastels and acrylic paint. I also love walking in the countryside.
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok’s first Nursery opens at City Campus in November 2021. Availability of places is limited.