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Elizabeth Hawker

Class Teacher

Elizabeth was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in a small country town in North East Victoria. She studied psychology at the University of Melbourne and upon graduating, backpacked her way via the Far East and Europe to London where she worked as a Nanny, sparking both a love of travel and working with children.

Elizabeth met her husband Peter while travelling through Africa and settled with him in beautiful Saltaire, Yorkshire. For 14 years, Elizabeth worked in the Department of Work and Pensions in Leeds where she participated in and ultimately lead a number of modernisation initiatives. In 2004, she relocated with her husband to Suzhou where she embraced the opportunity, (and free time), to study Mandarin at Suzhou University and immerse herself with Chinese culture and food.

Elizabeth has enjoyed a long association with the college during which she completed her PGCE (University of Sunderland). She has worked as a cover teacher in both Early Years and Key Stage 1 and provided support to children with special teaching needs, run motor skills clubs and for the past 6 years, the College’s Lego club. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate of outdoor learning and committed to providing children with plenty of opportunity for open ended learning that challenges and engages. She is excited to be joining the Early Learning 3 team this year and hopes to share her other passions, reading, conservation, cooking and crafting, with the children.

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys family time with her husband and son Alex, 10, and when time allows, tracking down and exploring ancient towns and villages around China.


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