International Preparatory School

Melanie Williams

Class Teacher,Year 5

Year Five Green Teacher

South African

Education: I attended Durban College of Education where I qualified with a Higher Diploma in Education. Thereafter, I studied at the University of South Africa to obtain an Honors Degree in Education, followed by a Master’s Degree in Sociology of Education.

 

I was born in Eshowe, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. My mother did clerical work and my father worked in construction. I grew up in a small community, where living surrounded by extended family was the norm, and everyone knew their neighbours well.

After studying in South Africa, I got married and moved to Francistown Botswana, where my husband resided. I lived and worked at private schools in Francistown, until my husband and I moved to Mauritius at the end of 2012 with our two daughters, in order to be closer to my husband’s family.

The majority of my career has been spent teaching at Cambridge International Schools. I enjoy teaching through inquiry. I believe that no child is an empty vessel and that all children have the potential to achieve. I further believe that my role as an educator is to facilitate the process of learning and nurture a love for lifelong learning.

I have experience teaching from grade 3 to form 3. I spent the last two years that I was in Botswana, as the Head of the Junior Department of the school, which comprised 8 classes from Reception through to Grade 3. My duties involved supporting teachers with their planning, teaching and assessment. I was also responsible for overseeing the teacher aides within my department, as well the support staff.

Prior to studying to become a teacher, I spent a year studying Drama. I later toured with an International Drama Company for two years. I enjoy travelling and have worked in South Africa, Swaziland, Transkei, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana.