Aljezur International School
Algarve, Portugal
Education With Inspiration

Linda Cooper

Business

My career began in finance, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and Project Manager, working in senior Finance, HR, Legal and IT roles within multinational organisations. My wide-ranging business experience includes European head of finance within a diverse range of organisations such as Ping, Kerry Foods and Icon Clinical Research. With a desire to expand my horizons I went on to establish my own management consultancy, a property management business and taught GCSE Mathematics in UK state secondary schools.

Portugal stole my heart during my first visit twenty years ago. I always knew that I would one day make a permanent move from the UK. I finally realised that dream three years ago, assisted by the opportunity for home working via the internet and moved to Monchique with my husband Graham and our three lovely lurcher dogs. Living in the countryside also provided an opportunity for me to fulfil another ambition by establishing a ceramics workshop.

I first worked with Sílvia and Karen two years ago, assisting with strategic planning and modelling for the future sustainability of the school. Coming to understand the ethos of the school was such a refreshing experience and when an opportunity arose for a teacher of A Level Business, I did not hesitate to seek to join the team.

The opportunity to work in a school which is dedicated to instilling traditional values of kindness, compassion and mutual support could not be missed. 2021/22 will be my third academic year with Aljezur International. My approach to teaching is to share real world examples which marry into the syllabus area and to be available to support students outside of the school day to ensure momentum for their learning. In addition to curriculum, I enjoy focussing students in how to prioritise subject matter and develop the strong evaluation techniques which will give them a head start not only for examination success, but also in life in general.

It is my absolute pleasure to teach at Aljezur International and be part of the team dedicated to developing the minds, spirits and individuality of our students.

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