Shirley-F


Shirley-F

About
Shirley-F


Teacher introduction
The wonderful thing about home stay teaching is that it allows me to focus on the specific needs of each student and to get the satisfaction of seeing them make real, rapid progress. I am an outgoing person with a wide circle of friends who enjoys meeting and chatting with my students. I have a good knowledge of my local area which is steeped in history and interesting places to visit. I was a primary school teacher for 35 years and this included 16 years as a deputy head teacher and as a head teacher.
Teacher home details
My home is a four-bedroom, semi-detached house located in a quiet residential area. There is a garden. I live just outside the little town of Bishop Auckland, in the county of Durham in the north east of England. Bishop Auckland is a busy market town with lots of shops and eating places along with a variety of sporting facilities. It has a Roman fort; a 6th century church; a castle; and a Bishop’s palace.
Teacher qualifications 
I have a Certificate in Education (Primary). I have an Advanced Diploma in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Teacher about the local area

The historic city of Durham is an easy excursion to see the cathedral and castle which together form a World Heritage Site. It is a pretty place with cobbled streets and quirky shops and nice places to eat. The cathedral was used as a location in the Harry Potter films, as was nearby Alnwick Castle, also interesting. A 30-minute train journey takes you to York, which is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in England. It is a bustling and flourishing place. As well the 13th century cathedral, which is one of the largest in Europe, there are a number of excellent museums and attractions. You can walk through the cobbled streets and explore the interesting shops and eating places. On the coast, there are castles to explore amidst dramatic countryside and at Hartlepool there is a fascinating living maritime museum. Things to see include Britain’s oldest warship dating from 1817. If you like shopping, the Metro Centre is the place to go. It is a huge shopping mall with many entertainments (40 minutes by car).
Teacher family
I live with my husband, Gordon. He is retired from a long career in teaching. He taught metal and wood work and technical drawing. We have two daughters who are now grown up. Our eldest daughter, Kate, is a trainee accountant. She lives locally and visits often. Our youngest daughter, Sarah, lives at home and runs her leisure equipment business from the house. She is a qualified personal trainer, masseur and sports coach.
Teacher how to get here by public
If you arrive at Newcastle International Airport, take the train into the city (25 minutes) and catch a bus to Durham where I will be waiting (about 60 minutes). If you fly to Schiphol Airport, you can catch a connection to Tees Side Airport and then take a taxi to my home (40 minutes).
Teacher hobbies and interests
I like the outdoors and I enjoy walking and gardening. I like cooking and doing handicrafts. I am an avid reader.
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