Clelia Durante

Year 4F Teacher

It is my absolute pleasure to be teaching in Year 4 in the next academic year, in what will be my third year here at GEMS Wellington Academy, Al Khail. I am moving up from teaching in year 3 therefore, I have a clear understanding of the next steps the children will need to take to help them to develop further and become more successful within themselves and their learning. I am really looking forward to meeting you and your children over the next academic work and I’m so looking forward to an exciting school year ahead.  

 My philosophy on Education is very pupil centered. My aim is to inspire and motivate children by setting challenging goals within a stimulating, broad and creative curriculum. I am committed to helping children understand what they learn and take pride in watching them develop curious, critical minds. children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks. 

 I qualified from Edge Hill University in 2011 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in Primary Education, with a physical education specialist, and have taught for the past 7 years. For 5 years of my teaching experience, I have taught in two schools in the Manchester area. During this time, I had the opportunity to teach pupils from Year 2 up to Year 5. Whilst at my last school in the UK, I coordinated PE for 3 years, and organized many events and competitions within the school, as well as arranging competitions with other local schools. I thoroughly enjoyed this role as I love to see children develop their confidence and social skills through a range of activities. 

I moved to Dubai in August 2016, looking for a new challenge and to broaden my teaching experience, in an international sector. Being a mastery champion this year, I have become very familiar with what is required for above average progress in my class.  I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching at WEK and I am thrilled to have had the chance to work in such a wonderful community. 

 Beyond school, I enjoy time with family and friends in the outdoors, as well as going out for food. I love to travel; visiting new places, embracing different cultures and trying new experiences. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a passion of mine. I am a very active person who enjoys keeping fit and playing sports, in particular football and badminton.  

A typical day in my classroom involves lots of fun and challenging activities to help develop your child’s independence. Children are able to explore the national curriculum objectives using different skills to help them progress and achieve their targets. During each lesson, children have the time to reflect on their learning. This offers pupils the chance to consider their actions and make decisions on how they may make progress and solve problems. Learning in my classroom is practical, student-driven and relevant to real life. Children have the opportunity to work collaboratively, to share ideas and skills with each other, as well as working independently to take risks within their own learning. 

 

I look forward to meeting you very soon.  

 

Clelia Durante

Year 4F Teacher