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Alan McCarthy

Where are you from in Ireland?

Ballineen, Co. Cork

What country are you teaching in?

United Arab Emirates

What is the name of your school?

The British School Al Khubairat

What’s the best thing about where you live now?

Diversity of culture, language and lifestyles. Plus the climate of course!

Name 3 things you miss from home

Hurling and football.
The craic with my friends.
Fresh air and green grass.

What do you think makes a great teacher?

It’s all about relationship building. Firstly with your students. Getting to know them as people not just learners, understanding what makes them tick, always seeing things from their perspective and ultimately ensuring they are happy. Then it’s about building positive relationships with colleagues and parents. That is the foundation of great learning.