Meet the New Teacher – Kirsty Hallsworth – Primary Extended Learning Teacher


Introducing our new Primary Extended Learning teacher Kirsty Hallsworth.

Kirsty is from a small town to the east of Manchester. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Hospitality Business Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and began her professional life in the hospitality industry. She completed her PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University following a summer spent working as an outdoor activities instructor in the south of France.

“This is my first overseas teaching job, but I lived in the French Alps, skiing and snowboarding, during my 2 gap years prior to starting university.

In my different roles within the hospitality industry, my focus was always about helping people to learn; improving staff knowledge in order to improve service.

I started my teaching career at a large school in south London before moving back to Manchester – my home city – in 2011. All of my teaching roles to date have been in Key Stage 2 and for the last 8 years, I have been in UKS2 and have led many curriculum areas including PSHE, Physical Education and Maths.

Being active is incredibly important to me: I am a marathon runner and a triathlete and spend much of my spare time training. My next marathon will be my seventh and am hoping it will be the 2020 Bangkok Marathon. I’ve been running since I was eight years old and was inspired a teacher at my primary school. It’s a passion and is also good for my general well-being – both mental and physical. I hope to bring my dog (and training partner) – Mabel – to Thailand next year, as soon as I have settled in.

I hope to really develop my role as an Extended Learning teacher; (we) have an exciting opportunity to further develop the Extended Learning department. I have the highest expectations: during my lessons, I hope to challenge each child and help them to think in different ways.

A good teacher is someone who really cares about their students, is enthusiastic and passionate about what they are teaching. My field is so exciting: to be able to work with children across years 5 and 6, sharing my knowledge and experience will be fantastic! I am looking forward to learning from the children’s wealth of experience across many different cultures.”

Learn about all our new teachers here: https://www.patana.ac.th/new-teachers-2019-20/