An Extraordinary Journey from BSB Parent to BSB Teacher
Raina Myson is our Pre-Nursery Teacher. After studying Child Care & Development in the U.K., Raina gained experience as a Nursery Teacher for a sought-after U.K. school for pre-nursery children. Raina's two children attend the British School of Bucharest.
Why did you become a Pre-Nursery Teacher?
I was initially inspired by one of my friends, who had become a Nursery Teacher, I saw the way the children were drawn to her and the enjoyment they had, being in the school.
What made you want to join BSB?
I was fortunate enough that my children attended BSB before I joined the teaching staff. This enabled me to see how the School operated from a parents perspective and I was very impressed with this. The way the Teachers interacted with the children was so fantastic and when I was offered the opportunity to join the team I jumped at the chance.
How do your prior studies of Child Care & Development in the U.K. help you be a better Teacher?
A lot of my course was based on the understanding of the development of young children as they grow into adolescents. We studied how each child develops their fine and gross motor skills as well as their ability to reason and think logically to understand cause and effect and to organise information systematically.
This has helped me understand the different requirements each child has from their Teacher, in order not only to develop their ability to read and write but also to help a child’s development emotionally.
All these stages take place at different times in a child’s life so it is important to understand what support a child needs and when.
The best phrase I have heard to describe this is that children are like popcorn, they all pop at different times but they all get there in the end.
What is it like having your children study where you work? Why did you choose BSB as their School?
I had the benefit that when I joined the School my children were studying in different Key Stages to where I taught and as such there was never the issue that our paths crossed academically. However, being able to see your children during breaks and in the playground is great, knowing they are safe and enjoying School makes it easier, especially when they start a new year.
After viewing several schools in the area, we knew BSB was the best choice for our children. When we visited the School, we were impressed by the people that we met, both the teaching staff and the children. The School grounds were amazing and we knew this would be a safe and rewarding place for our children to study and our choice has proved correct.
What are some of the lessons you've learned from the children you've taught?
Seeing the children develop during their time with me and my team is fantastic, I am truly encouraged by the progress the children make during the year and hope that at the same time I can instil in them that School is an enjoyable environment where you can learn and develop as an individual and as part of a group.
What are some of the joys of teaching Pre-Nursery pupils?
One of the biggest joys I get as a Pre-Nursey Teacher is seeing the smiles on the children’s faces when they arrive at School and see their friends waiting to go to class.
It sincerely brings me joy knowing that they are happy to come to School and enjoy the learning experience whilst they are here.
What is the greatest success you've had so far?
Having been at the School for over seven years now, it is fantastic seeing the children grow and develop as they make their way through the School system. Children who were in my class seven years ago are now in Year 10 and I like to think that I have had some input, which has helped them to become the wonderful children they now are.
If you weren't a Class Teacher, what would your dream job be?
I have always been fascinated by medicine, and if I had not become a Teacher I would have definitely gone into medicine in some capacity, probably again still focusing on child health care.
And finally: tell us something unexpected about yourself.
My main hobby before I left the U.K. to come to Romania was Karate, where I have participated in several competitions over the years, I am sure the calming techniques I have learnt from karate over the years, helps me in my day to day life in School.
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