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 Michelle Moyles, French and Spanish Teacher and Year 12 Form Tutor. Below Michelle gives us a snapshot into her background and how she came to work at BIS:
I grew up on a farm near a small village in Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland. I could have been described as a bit of a tomboy growing up and would have spent all day helping my dad with the cows and sheep rather than be inside. I had considered becoming a vet in my younger years. However, when I started Secondary School and I started learning French, my love of languages was born and knew that my dream had changed to become a teacher.
I completed my BA in languages in the National University of Ireland Galway, part of which I spent in Salamanca in Spain as I had decided that I was not content to know only French but had also started learning Spanish. After my degree, I worked as an English Language Assistant in Quebec before returning home to complete my PGDE in languages at the University of Limerick.
I spent 4 years in Ireland teaching before taking the plunge to move to Abu Dhabi. I am now in my 5th year in BIS Abu Dhabi. The best and sometimes the most challenging part of my role here is teaching through school from Year 3 to Year 13. I can see over 200 students a week in my classroom! However, this also means I get to see my students grow into fantastic young adults over the years; the students I taught in Year 4 when I started are now in my Year 8 Spanish class!
Outside of the classroom, you may see me on the sideline coaching touch rugby CCA or even taking to the pitch myself with the Abu Dhabi Saracens. I also love GAA and am waiting for the day that Mayo bring home Sam Maguire….someday!