Hello! My name is Rebecca but I’m usually known as Becky. I’m passionate about Early Childhood Education, stories and I love meeting people from different cultures across Europe and around the world. I’m married to Gideon and we currently live in Fife, Scotland.
When I was a young child, my family migrated to South Africa, where we lived for about a year. My first-hand experience of what it’s like to migrate has inspired me to highlight and celebrate the opportunities migration brings, but also to address the challenges.
My undergraduate degree was at the University of St Andrews, and I studied English Literature. During this time, I visited Moldova and taught English. There I met a number of teenagers whose parents were currently living in other countries. After university I worked for a church in St Andrews, and in 2015 we began visiting a farm in Fife where people come from all over Europe to work. Our hope was to welcome and, where possible, support people working there. Meeting friends from here has taken me on an exciting journey over the last five years.
In the summer of 2015 I moved to Poland, to work as an English language teacher at International House, Katowice. In 2016, I took an additional qualification in teaching English to Young Children, in Bielsko-Biała. My interest in Early Childhood was growing, and so in the Autumn of 2017 I moved back to Scotland and began a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education through The University of Sheffield. Alongside this, I worked as International Outreach Worker for St Andrews Baptist Church. This has involved visits to Romania to see friends we met through the farm. I have also been able to help support one family’s work with children and families in their village in southern Romania. They run an organisation called ‘Hope for Tomorrow’s Generations’ which aims to help children and their families with education and other important areas of people’s lives. I have also continued to help lead a group that visits local farms, and this includes sharing hospitality and offering English lessons.
Over the course of my Master’s degree, I found myself increasingly passionate about combining my work with Central and Eastern European communities with my passion for Early Years education. My research focussed on children and families’ rights and story-sharing practices in Scottish Early Years Education.
I currently work in an Early Years setting in Fife part-time, alongside my work detailed on this website. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any more information or to contribute in any way!
Photo Credit: Judith Hörster