Alicia MacInnis is a certified teacher from New Hampshire in America who is working with our partner school – MANHATTAN English Language Studio. She has a true passion for helping her students learn and she has great experience having worked as a classroom assistant, a kindergarten teacher, and a private childcare provider for a family with three children.
1. Tell us two interesting or unusual things about you
Fun fact 1: Before moving to Singapore this past February, I had never left North America! Moving abroad on my own has been an incredibly fulfilling and life-changing experience.
Fun fact 2: I have a major sweet tooth! In my free time, I really enjoy creating healthier, vegan-friendly and delicious, versions of classic desserts. Due to Singapore’s heat, I tend to stick to frozen and no-bake desserts.
2. What teaching qualifications do you have?
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Studies at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, USA and along with this degree, I obtained an Elementary Education teacher’s certification. When I decided I would like to teach English abroad, I also got a TEFL certification from the International TEFL Academy.
3. What kinds of activities do you use in your lessons?
I utilise a wide variety of multimodal activities during my lessons. The majority of these are hands-on or play-based activities, which incorporate visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic movement components. Every child learns differently so I have found that it is crucial to cater each lesson to the student’s unique needs, learning style, and interests. This ensures that my lessons are both engaging and effective. I never miss an opportunity to get my students up and moving! Some fan favourites include times table jumping jacks, alphabet hopscotch and letter sound scavenger hunts.
4. What do you most enjoy about teaching?
I truly enjoy getting to know each one of my students and developing lessons that they look forward to every time I arrive. I also find it extremely rewarding to watch them as they progress over time and gain a love of learning.
5. What teaching experience do you have?
I have worked with children in various different settings since a very young age. While I was growing up, my mother ran a daycare out of our home and because of this, I developed a true passion for working with children and teaching early on. Throughout my time at university, I taught students in several different grades at the primary level. Following university, I taught Kindergarten in Massachusetts, USA and just before coming to Singapore, I volunteered as an English teacher to English language learners that had recently immigrated to America.
6. Do you follow a particular teaching style?
My aim is to promote self-learning by helping my students learn through inquiry and exploration as often as possible. I find that this helps students develop critical thinking skills and improve their ability to easily retain new knowledge and content, while also sparking their curiosity and giving them a sense of enjoyment regarding learning.