Staff Profile: Anna Carey

This year, we will continue to share staff profiles to get to know members of our school family a little better. Each week we will feature a member of staff across all areas of the school including teachers, admin staff, support staff and more.

Our profile this week is Anna Carey, PE Teacher and Head of Year 7. Below Anna gives us a snapshot into her background and how she came to work at BIS:

"1166" - This is the number of days since I left the ‘emerald isle’. I was in search of pastures new, leaving behind the place I thought I would always call home. I left Belfast, looking for new challenges and experiences thinking I would perhaps survive a year, maybe two away from the familiarities of home; the Tayto cheese and onion crisps, Barry’s tea bags (although Zab and Sankus’ coffee is a close rival!), cold and wet winters and the friendliness of every person you meet. Needless to say, I have just embarked on year 4 in my adopted home.

The realities of life in the desert are somewhat different than I had anticipated. The crisps and tea bags can still be purchased here, the weather is always nice and I have had the opportunity to visit sixteen new countries, camp in the desert, made it to the top of the worlds tallest building and I am soon to conquer my first sky dive to name but a few.

There are many things this great country has to offer, but one of the best has to be the people. I have been lucky enough to work in some excellent schools in my career so far, but the work ethic, craic (for those of you who are not familiar with Irish slang, this means fun!) and professionalism of the colleagues I have worked with over the last four years is second to none and I am grateful to call many of them lifelong friends.

If I were to describe life as a PE teacher in BIS Abu Dhabi it would be ‘best job in the world’. In the space of 6 hours, I can go from being the ultimate celebrity through the eyes of 3 year old children, to finishing my day facilitating an anatomy and physiology lesson with GCSE PE students. Early morning training, after school fixtures and weekend tournaments have seen me laugh and cry with our students after the highs of scoring a last minute goal to propel our team to the semi-finals to the lows of missing out on a medal in the high jump by 1cm. This is what makes my job so unique, no two days are ever the same.

Last year, I was appointed Head of Year 7 and I am continuing in that role this year. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with these young adults and along with their parents, helping to nurture and support them in any way I can as they navigate their way from primary to secondary school. Our students never cease to amaze me with their kindness, their resilience and their talents.

When not in my PE kit, I love spending time with my friends. I play Gaelic football and have found it a great way of meeting new people and socialising with fellow Irishmen and women who have now made Abu Dhabi their home. I am so grateful for my time in Abu Dhabi and all the memories and experiences it has given me.