In celebration of our amazing teaching staff, we will be showcasing a staff member each week.
This week we feature Emma Haining, Director of Visual Art.
Emma is in her second year at PLC as Director of Visual Art, having joined the School after extensive experience as Head of Faculty, Year Co-ordinator and Housemistress in the UK at Moira House Independent Girls School in Eastbourne and Wellington College in Berkshire.
Prior to this, Emma worked in the fashion industry at well-known UK brands Laura Ashley and Marks and Spencer and completed her University Degree in Fashion Textile Design and Business Studies.
Apart from her passion for visual art and her drive to support her students to achieve highly in the subject, Emma is also focused on student wellbeing, pastoral care and the importance of developing co-curricular relationships with her students. She has been heavily involved in service projects in the past, having led whole-school fundraising initiatives and yearly holiday camps for disadvantaged children.
What inspires you?
My students and their candid approach to creativity. I am also inspired by authentic people, especially female leaders, as well as my travels and my children.
What is important to you as a teacher?
Having a strong individual connection with every student. Knowing them as people - their passions, their sadness, their dreams, their struggles, and working out how they want to learn and how to ignite the best in them.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am involved in the Leadership Colloquium course which has been a fantastic support for my leadership development but will also contribute to my Leadership MA. Personally, I am working on a series of paintings based on my children and our travel experiences as well as my family background.