Staff Profile: Aziza Tickley

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 Aziza Tickley, Year 5 Teacher. Below Aziza gives us a snapshot into her background and how she came to work at BIS:

As I begin my 8th year at BIS Abu Dhabi, it feels such a privilege to have been on the growing continuum journey of our school. My practice has been mainly in upper Key Stage 2 throughout my career alongside many components of educational management experience. It was during the last two years during my role as Service Coordinator, that further foundations were laid for the ethos that runs through our school and across 60 primary classes. This was driven by the students and teaching staff, to develop the life-long groundings of voluntary and goodwill actions that sit alongside the academic focus. Guided alongside the Secondary thread of Service to create the the whole package that makes our school stand out.

My various leadership roles over the years have encompassed strategies to raise standards in teaching and learning. I have also participated in various educational initiatives that have added a creative and cross-curricular dimension to the planning and delivery of the required statutory curriculum. My previous assistant head teacher role in a large inner city school in central England, where I began my journey as an educator, afforded me the opportunity to streamline how we supported pupils and gave them self belief to move on in their academic, social, moral and physical development.

Through my interest in abstract art and a strange obsession with airports and aeroplanes, travel is obviously a focus in my life and keeping connections world-wide is what my life story entails. Born in Kenya, growing up in the UK and then a further move to the UAE has allowed my widespread travel bug, as family and friends are spread around the world. Hence the desire of milling around airports remains an obsession - never phased by delays, I am excited by wondering about the life stories of those passing through airport terminals. Phenomenal and exhilarating, the worldly experiences of students and staff that walk through our door in school..

Emotional Intelligence was a key study I undertook in my Master's Degree and it is a huge part in helping staff and pupils see they can be effective at so many levels in achieving their potential. My passion is to develop such programmes and link this to the school-driven curriculum as a future venture. It is imperative that students are trained in life-long skills in education to make them effective members of society in an ever-changing world.

Building up a repertoire of the whole school life experience is a forte and I enjoy being involved in all school events, whether it’s putting together goody bags for triathlons or being the make up artist for school productions - I can be seen flitting around all corners of the school! It’s the nature of our beautiful community school.

Aziza Tickley