Shelley Drennan


English Teacher, Grade 6 Tutor




Shelley grew up in the Pacific Northwest of Washington in the USA, where she grew to love forests, mountains, and the sea. She has a BA in English literature, a Master's in Education, and a PGCSEi from the University of Nottingham. She is also an IBDP trained Language and Literature teacher.

Shelley has a lifelong love of literature and loves to be able to share it with others. She has taught English in the United States, as well as in Laos, Vietnam, South Korea and Singapore. She believes that as a teacher, she has to support and challenge her students to reason and to handle uncertainty. 

Shelley understands that in a rapidly changing world, education must encourage rigorous thinking as well as build emotional resilience and a taste for learning. Her goal as a teacher is to cultivate internationally-minded students who can recognise and question assumptions, practice systematic critical inquiry, and make reasoned judgments. Shelley believes in collaborative planning, peer feedback, and a strong sense of agency as central to a dynamic teaching practice. She aligns with and appreciates the International Baccalaureate mission to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people. 

Shelley is committed to rigorous and reflective teaching and learning as she helps students connect to the community both inside and outside the classroom. During her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, hiking and music.