Meet & Greet: Sylvie Edwards, Deputy Head of Secondary, EtonHouse Orchard

Sylvie Edwards, Deputy Head Of Secondary, EtonHouse Orchard.In this Meet & Greet, we speak to Sylvie Edwards, Deputy Head Of Secondary, EtonHouse Orchard.
 
Sylvie has taught in schools in the United Kingdom, Zambia, Spain, China, Thailand and now Singapore. She has used her skills to help schools develop and grow, especially in the implementation of the IB Diploma programme. Her hobbies include travel, cooking and renovating her home in Spain.
 
1. Tell us about your role at EtonHouse Orchard?
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I am the Deputy Head of Secondary and I teach Biology and Chemistry to secondary students at EtonHouse Orchard. I am also the IB Diploma Coordinator, helping the school to get its IB authorisation.

2. What’s a typical day at work like? 

Well, a typical day at work consists of classroom time and doing lots of practical experiments with students. When I am not with the students, I am working with the teachers on timetable scheduling and also working on getting our IB authorisation in view of the upcoming IB visits.

Sylvie Edwards, Deputy Head Of Secondary, EtonHouse Orchard.3. What motivated you to become a teacher?

I actually became a teacher by accident when I was doing voluntary work in Africa, working with water systems. During my volunteer work stint, I helped out in small schools. After that, I went back to UK, joined private schools as a teacher and have not turned back since.

4. What is your favourite part of working with children of this age range?

 Secondary students are really unpredictable, so it makes working with them challenging, surprising and extremely rewarding.

5. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Sylvie Edwards, Deputy Head Of Secondary, EtonHouse Orchard.

I love to travel in my free time because I enjoy experiencing different cultures and meeting people from all walks of life. I have travelled to most continents and would like to visit Alaska and Antarctica if my schedule permits. My husband and I are also currently renovating our house in Spain, which has been a rather therapeutic and fun journey.

6. How long have you been in Singapore? What do you like about this city?

I have only been in Singapore for 6 weeks! However, I really enjoy Singapore because the people I have met thus far have been friendly. It has made the whole experience of settling into Singapore a breeze.

7. If you weren’t an educator, what would be your next career choice?

I would be working on environmental conservation especially in area of fast growing crops. My recent passion is on recycling and raising awareness on eco-friendliness.

8. What’s one advice you have for parents with children in the secondary years?

Set aside time to listen to your child — be interested in what they are learning and what they have to say.

Have a chat with Slyvie at our upcoming open house

EtonHouse Orchard Open House