Cliodhna Lafferty


I am entering into my 8th year as a teacher of Food preparation and nutrition. It is my mission to empower young people to lead healthy lifestyles and develop essential life skills. I am passionate about my subject and profession and aim to foster independent and resilient learners through my teaching.

About Me

I am originally from Dundalk, a town on the East Coast of Ireland, and moved to Dubai 3 years ago. I moved to develop and progress as a teacher, but also in pursuit of a climate with more sun and less rainy days! I absolutely love living in Dubai and also enjoy travelling and exploring new countries during the holidays. My two main hobbies are fitness and food. I enjoy going to the gym, running and am also heavily involved in my GAA club, Kerry Middle East GAA, as well as being Ladies Officer on the Middle East County Board. The culinary scene in Dubai is second to none, so I am always eager to try out new restaurants for some inspiration for classroom recipes. I am a competitive person by nature, and have enjoyed bringing that side of my personality to life in Safa this year, through the various competitons I have orgnaised such as the Inter-schools cookery competition, Safa Masterchef, and the Bake Off!

My Experience

I obtained a First Class Honours Bachelor of Education in Home Economics having studied for 4 years in the National University of Ireland, Galway. I taught in Ireland for 3 years before making the move to the UAE. I am joining Safa as Head of Food preparation and nutrition having worked in Kings School Al Barsha for the past 2 years. I am excited to bring my experience from my various schools to help grow and develop the curriculum for the students at Safa Community School. I have experience of working as an examiner as well as teacher, giving me valuable insights into exam preparation. I aim to create exciting and enjoyable learning enviornments where all students are given equal opportunities to thrive and achieve to their fullest potential.

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