An experienced Primary School teacher, Susan is delighted to be joining the CISS team, having worked closely with them over the past few years, developing and running the Stirling Primary Confucius Classroom at Braehead Primary School.
As well as creating a four year Chinese language Progression with pupils at her own school and running innovative projects with the Confucius Hub, Susan has been on secondment with Stirling Council for the last two years, teaching Chinese to over 600 primary pupils every week, with the help of Chinese staff from Hanban and the British Council.
Susan developed her passion for Chinese language and culture whilst living with her family in Beijing from 2006 to 2008 during the build up to the Olympic Games, a time when the city and indeed, the whole country, was undergoing huge cultural change with a tangible sense of excitement across China.
Whilst in Beijing, Susan spent time studying the language and also worked as a volunteer teacher of English at a local school for the children of Migrant Workers, a hugely rewarding experience. Since her return to Scotland, she has continued to study Mandarin and she has also recently resumed her long-dormant study of Gaelic.
She gained Professional Recognition last year through SCILT’s 1 + 2 Language Leadership Programme and she hopes to continue to focus on research and development work to help the network of Confucius Classrooms deliver a high quality of learning and teaching experiences for pupils through Chinese language and culture.
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