New Year, New Start! - JT

Monday January 5th 2015 and back to school after the fun of Christmas! However, for me the new term was more than just the usual back to work - it was a brand new start after 11 years in a school where I felt like part of the furniture! And yes, as you can imagine, I was so nervous at the prospect of starting over which was strange because I had been looking forward to my new role at Elmwood since Liz phoned to offer me the position. Half a term on and all nerves have gone: I am ‘happy as a hippo in mud’ as they say!

Anyway I was asked to write a bit about who I am, so here goes…

My name is Julia (Jules)Tabb and I am the new class teacher of the amazing 4C. Mrs Carter is a hard act to follow but I think I am getting there!

Before Elmwood I had worked at Bishop Fox’s School in Taunton for 11 years. I started in 2003 as a teaching assistant and was really lucky as in 2010 the school supported me through my teacher training, which I did on the job, and then gave me a teaching post. During my teaching time I was tutor to 31 wonderful students in my tutor group MJT  and  taught English from years  7 - 11 and music to years 7 and  8. I also played piano for the school choir, saxophone in the school orchestra, and mentored students doing extended study and teams through the rotary club’s annual youth speaks competition. Very much like Elmwood, there was never a dull moment.

Apart from my family, my big love is FOOD (After A levels I studied Catering and Hotel Management)! I am definitely a self-confessed foodie and apart from cooking I am slowly ticking off restaurants that I have always wanted to visit like Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck. Unfortunately the necessity to shed a few pounds at the moment is restricting my fun!

Other than that I love travelling with my family, going to the theatre, watching rugby and catching up with friends. My favourite destination is Venice – such a beautiful city.

So that, in a nutshell is me! 

This half term has flown by; the dust has settled, the nerves have gone and I feel so at home here at Elmwood. At the end of the day that is because of the very lovely, kind and supportive students and staff I am lucky to work with. Still looking forward to a break though!

Posted on February 13th 2015

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