In the first years of my teaching career, in the UK, I relished the challenge and focused on improving my skills as a classroom teacher (ages 11-18); I had a lot to learn! Three years later, I moved to an international school overseas and started to teach to Primary children (ages 7-9) and was challenged with delivering a number of subjects to a younger age group. After a few years, I moved back up to Secondary English and started to produce and direct the school's annual Drama Productions, again, staying focused on doing the best I could for the students. As my confidence in my own abilities grew, I found my attention turning towards the inadequacies of the current mainstream schooling mindset and I became apprehensive about what the system is aiming to do, and whether this is at all appropriate (I write in more detail on this here). I started to do some research and was inspired by how many others feel the same! I decided to opt out of mainstream education and left my teaching post in June, 2015. I started to homeschool in September, 2015 with the intention of teaching my daughter at home and The Study Sala was born. However, I was approached by parents who were also disillusioned with the mainstream approach and who had already experienced success with their children whilst taking the alternative route and The Sala School started to form and take shape. I am very excited to become a part of the education revolution that is quietly gaining momentum and strength across the world. Exciting times indeed!
Rachel has been teaching for 13 years; she has a BA (hons) degree in Literary Studies and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary English. She has a daughter aged 6.