Charlotte Eykerman & Nanor Pontigian Staff Reporter and Science & Tech Editor- The Pawprint
Ms. Bland, brings in years of experience into DAA, as she passes on everything she knows and does her best to educate and help the students. In her 12 years in Dubai, she is finally joining DAA and blessing all of us with her presence and knowledge. Welcome!
Where did you work / live before?
I worked in Uptown school in Mirdif, Dubai. Before that I was at Dubai International Academy.
How long have you lived in the UAE and why did you decide to come to Dubai?
I have been in the UAE for nearly 12 years now. My family comes from Australia originally, it was very culturally exclusive and there weren’t many experiences from other cultures. We wanted to open up the world a bit more to our children, who were young. So, we decided we would give them a more cultural and global experience, and so we came to Dubai.
Why did you come to DAA?
It had a very good reputation with its Diploma Programme and my youngest daughter is in the Diploma program. She wanted to do theatre arts in particular, so we started looking around for strong theatre arts diploma schools in Dubai. DAA has such a good Theater Arts program, and there also happened to be an opening here at DAA, so I applied.
Favorite part of being a teacher?
The summer holidays.
What do you teach?
I teach English language and literature, at both IB standard level and IB higher level. I also teach ninth grade English.
How did you get into teaching?
At first I started off at university studying journalism, and then after I finished that degree, I realized that’s not the path I wanted to take, so I did a graduate diploma in education and ended up teaching Media studies and English as well as History.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Paragliding off the side of a cliff in Kefalonia, Greece.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
I don’t think I would go back in time, because I think we’ve come so far as women now, to go back in time, would be very difficult to handle, and I don’t think I would fit in.