Sinead Mcelhone

Assistant Principal UAE Curriculum,
Arabic Standards, Islamic Standards, UAE Social Studies, UAE Moral Education, Staff Wellbeing

My name is Sinead McElhone and I am entering my fourth year at WSO. As one of the Assistant Principals, I lead on the UAE curriculum, (Arabic, Islamic, Moral Education and Social Studies) lead and support staff wellbeing and deliver training to the Middle leaders. I feel privileged to be a part of the Senior Leadership Team driving for change and really enjoy working in the diverse environment of WSO alongside inspirational teachers, amazing students and caring parents. 

I am originally from Manchester, UK and studied at the University Of Sheffield graduating in English Language and Linguistics in 2007. After graduating, I travelled to Italy and taught English through games, sport and drama whilst living with Italian families and immersing myself the Italian culture. On my return from Italy, I worked as a teaching assistant for two years in an inclusion department before qualifying as a Secondary English teacher. Without a doubt, the experience of working with students of determination and teaching English as a second language aided my ability to support and challenge students, significantly enhancing my teaching ability in the classroom. Since qualifying, I have held various whole school leadership roles: at a curriculum, pastoral and teaching and learning level. I have taught the UK and IB English Language and Literature curriculums, and held examiner roles for AQA and GCSE Cambridge Language. 

My philosophy as a passionate English teacher is to know each individual child’s starting point, build on this knowledge by engaging and motivating the students through drama and imaginative planning, and, most importantly, equip all students with the skills needed to empower them so that they can succeed in their future beyond life at WSO.