Voices (ISL Stories)

Meet Tracy

Learn more about Tracy, Teaching Assistant in the Early Years

Please introduce yourself briefly.
My name is Tracy Dew.  I have lived and worked in Luxembourg for the last 22 years, raising my two sons here and enjoying many adventures along the way.

Tell us about your role at ISL
I am a Teaching Assistant in the Early Years working with the Preschool children.

How long have you been working at ISL?
I have worked at ISL for the last 5 years.

What did you do prior to working at ISL?
Prior to ISL I worked at another International School in Luxembourg but originally I worked in the Finance Industry.

What does your typical day look like?
There is no typical day in Preschool!  The children arrive from 8.00 and after that every single day is different, challenging, exciting, rewarding and absolutely exhausting.

What do you love most about your work?
The chance to work with such amazing little people who always make you think, definitely always make you laugh and, of course, my fantastic colleagues!

What do you think is unique about ISL?
ISL is uniquely diverse not only in its students but also within its staff.  I love that I am surrounded by so many people who are passionate about the same thing, who support their students in such a wide variety of ways and who bring so many new experiences and knowledge to every working day.

On a daily basis, how do you contribute to making ISL the school of choice?
As a team, Preschool is committed to making every child feel that they are accepted, loved and represented in their surroundings.  In everything we do, our language and our actions, we ensure that the children know they are important to us and that their learning, in whatever form they want this to be, is our primary concern.  As a parent myself I couldn’t ask for a better place for my child to begin and develop their love of learning.

What are the most important skills a student should acquire today?
Curiosity, resilience and adaptability.  The future for our students is going to be a very different one to the one we know now and it is vital that they are able to meet the challenge and feel confident that they are equipped to deal with that.

How did you define the success of a student?
If a student is happy to come to school each and every day, continuing to learn and knowing that they are growing into a skilled, capable individual then I believe that is success. 

What is your best memory at ISL?
The first year I worked at ISL, I was in K1 and we set up a “Going on a Bear Hunt” trail for the children in the small wooded area at the front of the school (sadly no longer there)  All the children tramped over to their “forest” and we spend the morning going over, under, through swishy grass, muddy swamps and finally going into the deep dark cave.  The children loved it and I just thought what an amazing group of people I worked with who would give so much extra time to set that up and completely, wholeheartedly throw themselves into.  

Describe ISL in 5 words
This is hard - 5 words…...supportive, community, challenging, accepting, growth






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