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Being a teacher was something I decided I wanted to become when I was in primary school. It was my class teacher at the time who inspired me. The way she was organised, kind and really showed she cared for the children she taught. I wanted to be just like her!
I trained as a Montessori teacher and taught children the Montessori method at a Preparatory School in Manchester. Moving on, I went on to complete a BA Honours in Primary Education at the Nottingham Trent University.  Upon completing my degree, I moved to Birmingham and taught at an inner city school for 8 years. I become ICT coordinator and taught ICT as part of a Curriculum Enrichment program to children from Nursery to Year 6. I also taught Family Literacy to develop links within the school community. Whilst teaching in Birmingham, I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in a research project as part of The League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers which took me to Canada researching the education system there and comparing it to the system in England. This was a wonderful experience especially as I love travelling.

"I started teaching at Loughborough Amherst in 2012 and have loved the warm and welcoming ethos created amongst staff and children at this school. I currently teach a mixed Year 1 and 2 class and am Computing Coordinator. I enjoy creating a positive and happy classroom ethos where children feel safe to learn from their mistakes and are able to excel to reach their full potential. I have two daughters Sienna and Savannah who also attend schools within the Loughborough Schools Foundation. As a family we enjoy watching movies, attending dance shows and enjoying time together."

Bhavna Patel