Canadian teacher goes to Insch school

Canadian teacher, Amy Duckers with husband, Andrew
Canadian teacher, Amy Duckers with husband, Andrew

The new probationer teachers gathered for their induction day last Friday at Meldrum Academy. The recruits were also joined by teachers from Canada and Ireland.

The approach aims to tackle teaching shortages in Aberdeenshire.

Among the new teachers is Amy Duckers, who will be teaching at Oyne School, Insch. She came over from Ontario, Canada, after she spent part her honeymoon in Scotland with her husand Andrew.

Andrew said: “We did a bus tour of England, Wales, then around Scotland.

We didn’t really get a chance to see the whole picture of what it is like here so when Amy got the position, we decided to pack up and go.”

Amy said: “I’m excited about working with the children and to be able to see them progress. The hiring process in Canada has changed. I had been on the supply teaching list for four years. It was a case of too many teachers and not enough jobs back home.”

Councillor Jim Gifford said: “It’s first class to have teachers from Aberdeenshire and from overseas. There are international children, and now international teachers and we see more and more people come to this area because of the oil industry.”