Teacher Profile: Reema

"One of my favorite things about teaching at DynaSpeak is that you see the tangible progress of the students. You see them from week one to week 11, the improvement in the quality of their essays, reading skills, etc. That's absolutely wonderful to see as a teacher."

11/15/23, 10:35 AM

I'm Reema, originally from India, where I spent my early years before my family and I migrated to Wales when I was five. Growing up in a small Welsh town, I faced some challenges due to being one of the only two brown-skinned families in the village, but despite encountering racism, I enjoyed a happy childhood.

After my formative years in Wales, I moved back to India at the age of 16, which was a bit of a culture shock, but I adapted and learned anew. Later, I lived in Australia for about four years, particularly in Melbourne, before eventually moving to New Zealand with my husband. I've now been in New Zealand for a decade, appreciating its untouched native forests and lakes, especially on the South Island.

Professionally, I've been with DynaSpeak since 2015, teaching adults—a departure from my previous experience teaching children in various capacities. I completed my CELTA training in the UK, and what I love about teaching at DynaSpeak is the diversity of students from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. The exposure to varied perspectives enriches both my teaching and personal understanding.

Over my seven years at DynaSpeak, I've embraced the challenges of teaching a hybrid version, finding it not just manageable but also incredibly useful. The professional development opportunities provided by DynaSpeak have significantly contributed to my teaching journey. Witnessing tangible progress in students, from week one to the end of a course, brings me immense joy as a teacher.

Outside of work, my interests include watching nature-based documentaries, reading, and, if time permits, reviving my childhood hobby of playing the violin. I also cherish moments of good sleep whenever I can find the time. Music is another passion, with a penchant for pop music from the '70s and '80s, and I particularly admire Adam Lambert, the current frontman of Queen.

Teaching has not only been a profession but a source of fulfillment for me, especially when students achieve their goals, and I see them proudly walk across the graduation stage. It's a privilege to be a part of their educational journey.