Fiona was born in Hong Kong, brought up in the south of England till her teenage years when she moved north to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. As part of an International family, she has always been interested in different countries and cultures. She studied Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and did her fieldwork on the Chinese community in Jamaica. Her fascination for travel and different cultures took her to teaching English in Spain where her love for teaching was ignited. She returned to England to complete her teaching qualification in Bradford.
Fiona began her teaching career in multi-cultural schools in Bradford before moving to Gran Canaria, Spain. She spent 20 years teaching in various schools on the island whilst also bringing up a family of three children. Her passion for books, love of reading and storytelling motivated her to take up a school library position and to complete a Masters degree in Library and Information studies. She believes that the library should be at the heart of the school and is dedicated to making it an exciting space and resource environment for students, teachers and parents.
Fiona enjoys reading books about China as well as maximizing her spare time in exploring different corners of the country and more widely in S.E. Asia. She is also trying to pursue her pastimes: knitting, sewing and hiking. She is looking forward to her third year at DCSZ and all the rich experiences it will bring. This is Fiona's fifth year in Suzhou and she is looking forward to continuing to make the DUCKS/Junior School library an innovative and exciting place for our students to learn and relax in.