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Melissa McBride interview

Head of primary at Hartland International School shares her memories of school

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Melissa McBride

Hartland International School

Job Title
Head of Primary

Where did you go to school?
I was educated in Canada for my primary and secondary years and then went on to the University of Western Ontario, where I completed a BA in Media and History, and after that a Bachelor of Education. More recently, I completed a Masters in Education from the Institute of Education in London, UK.

What was your favourite subject?
I loved history and english and was lucky to have fantastic teachers for these subjects, who inspired me. I also really enjoyed the practical side of science.

What was your least favourite?
Maths – I had to work really really hard in this area and it was not a subject I found easy.

Did you have a favourite teacher?
Mrs Joy Bell – my fifth grade teacher.

Were you good or naughty?
A bit of both.

What was the naughtiest thing you did at school?
I jumped out of the class window with some of my classmates when we had a supply teacher. This was in sixth grade. I ended up spending the next day with junior kindergarten for an in-school suspension.

What’s your happiest memory from your school days?
I remember most the time spent with childhood friends and celebrations of achievements and special events.

What about your worst one?
I remember my final high school exam – it was the first exam I had to take on the computer and it was for my final year creative english writing exam. I completely froze and had a mental writers block. The realisation that a significant chapter in my life was finishing as I completed secondary school and a new adventure of university lay ahead. Fortunately, I had a wonderful teacher who gave me support when I needed it and I completed the exam paper.

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