Karly Potter is a Foundation Stage 2 teacher. While she is new to the role, she is not new to Bangkok Patana as her husband, Mark Potter, is our Head Football Coach.
“I taught in a village Primary school in East Sussex for eight years. I started off as a Year 3 teacher but ended up as the Science leader, Phonics leader and finally, a Key Stage 1 leader. I found I enjoyed teaching the youngest children so taught Year 1 and Year mainly. My husband was offered the position as Head Football Coach here at Bangkok Patana School, so we moved here and I worked at another school for three years.”
“Working at Bangkok Patana is always something I wanted to do but it had to be the right time. When this position came up it really felt like the right time to move on to the next challenge. Everything I thought about Patana has been confirmed, the children are so lucky to have the facilities and opportunities here. Everything had spoken about proved true that it’s a great school to work for. The children here are really lovely, they are very polite and kind, it’s a lovely community feel.
Working with young children is always interesting as you never know what you are going to get. Children will come to the learning wanting to try something new, so you have to be open to what they are interested in. I like finding out about the children and what they are interested in and then teaching them through play. This teaches them skills like reading, writing and maths without them realising they are learning. I have found that is the best way for them to learn.
“My daughter keeps me busy, so I enjoy spending time with my family but I also love travelling and I am looking forward to visiting new places when things re-open. I love to explore.”
“One parents’ evening at the village school, a parent brought their pet rabbit and just plopped it on the table for the evening! So, while I expected the parents, I had to quickly prepare for the rabbit in the audience too.”