Claire Bower Final

Claire Bower

Lead Practitioner of Humanities

I was born and raised in the small UK market town of Hinckley, Leicestershire in the Midlands. I studied BA (Hons) Human Geography at Lancaster University, which was the beginning of a lifelong link with the North West of England. As a graduate, I taught English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Busan, South Korea, which was my first experience of living and working abroad and allowed me to embrace my love of travel. I had a fantastic time teaching there and the wonderful Korean cuisine is still among my favourites. I am an avid foodie, and during the pandemic discovered a love of home cooking. I returned to the UK where I completed my PGCE at the University of Leicester near to where my parents live and went on to spend five years in Leicestershire, going on to achieve Head of Geography and experiencing being a leader with the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

In 2012 I began my International teaching career back in Asia in one of my favourite cities: Hong Kong, where I specialised in teaching Geography and being a lead debate coach for the World Scholar's Cup. I loved Hong Kong for its vibrancy, history, beaches, hiking and sports. I played field hockey, netball and was in the Stanley Dragon Boat Race for two seasons. I was also an avid supporter of the Rugby Sevens there.

I then moved to the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi, in South East Asia to become Head of Humanities. Whilst there I helped develop the Humanities department curriculum. I introduced the World Scholar's Cup and camped in the beautiful countryside and mountains of northern Vietnam with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. I love animals and this is where I was able to help, particularly with the rescue and care of dogs. I gained two beautiful dogs of my own during this time, Tai and Luna, who will be joining me in Qatar.

I am looking forward to continuing the excellent work started in the Humanities department at Oryx, working more in debate, and experiencing first-hand the vibrant school community and culture that I've heard so much about.