About me

Irene portraitHi! My name is Irina. I am a qualified teacher with Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE (Primary)) from the University College London Institute of Education (UCL IOE). My specialisation is Maths, though I’m interested in all of the interrelated STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). I love reading children’s books and discovering interesting stories to connect with the academic subjects and discuss in the lessons.

I am designing teaching resources for a variety of subjects in EYFS, Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, as well as develop educational projects for children from 1 to 16 years old.

Philosophy  

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A teacher is a personality, who is trusted for their ability to inform, educate and inspire. A teacher’s role cannot be narrowed to just delivering information or facilitating someone’s knowledge, it is a vocation to enrich a child’s life in many different facets.

Although we are treating children as subjects in relation to their own learning, we, teachers and parents, are here to make a positive impact on the educational process and guide them through every-day life to acquire global vision and understanding.

My students are always surprising me with their learning backgrounds obtained at home or at school. Structuring what children already know, adding a new level to their knowledge and watching them become confident open-minded eager learners is one of the most rewarding things I truly treasure. Diverse classroom environment provides an exceptional opportunity for sharing and expanding everyone’s world outlook, and together with the children we make the most of it.

There is, probably, no such thing as a genius child. It depends on the teaching and the environment. Everyone has a chance to become great and the adults’ high expectations together with the culture of the Growth Mindset can nurture true genius and talent.

My dream is to set up a multilingual school with project-based approach to the education, where children will be busy learning new skills while building models of aircrafts, creating new recipes, taking care of small pets, planting flowers or reprogramming vacuum cleaners.

Education

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2018 University College London (UCL) PGCE (Primary) London, UK
2014 University of Westminster Master’s Degree in English Language and Creative Writing London, UK
2012 Lomonosov Moscow State University Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law Moscow, Russia
2007 Moscow Power Engineering Institute (Technical University) Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science: Computer Added Design Moscow, Russia

Awards

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2017 – My book display won Just Imagine competition. Got about 20 books from UKLA long list to add to my future classroom book corner.

2014 – Record Of Achievement for the successful completion of the 2014-15 University of Westminster Associates in Schools Scheme.

2010 – An award for Charity projects headway in New Economic School. From January 2010 to October 2012 I devoted most of my free time for charity projects working as a volunteer coordinator of Charity committee of New Economic School Alumni and Friends Association, supporting children in a boarding school in the village Obidimo of Tula Region, Russia. Organising educational games, coordinating volunteers, solving transport, budget, fundraising and other related questions.

If you want to obtain more information about my lessons or morning/after school clubs please get in touch.