I’m Nichola or often called Professor Nutty Nicky! I have lived in Dubai for 13 years and what an adventure it has been. Firstly, my 3 lovely sons were born here so it feels like home and secondly it’s a city of opportunity that has allowed me to follow my passion to inspire children with a love of learning. I run Rock it Science, offering unique science themed events, set up My Discovery Lab to keep children busy experimenting at home and have just returned to the classroom to teach a new STEAM based curriculum which I really enjoy.
WHERE IS HOME?
I am originally from Scotland but have lived in Dubai a long time now.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
Strangely I wanted to be an accountant. I completed a work placement and realised an office work space wasn’t for me. I needed to be creative and active. Thinking about what I could do, I followed a subject that I was super passionate about – Science!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I juggle quite a lot of things. Some people think I am a bit crazy for doing so much but I feel very lucky that I get to bring my ideas to life. Teaching science in a creative way, where children get to explore, discover and investigate is what I do.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
I love getting my children active and showing them mum isn’t boring! We go camping, kayaking, climbing and do water sports.
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
Weekends can be busy. I definitely like to get a few hours at our local pool listening to some tunes – that’s my favourite chill time.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
I like to watch movies, but with 3 boys in my house, I don’t always get to watch the thriller movies I like.
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Got to be pasta, my favourite.
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
Chris Hemsworth 10/10 in my book!
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
As my children are getting older, travelling is much easier. I remember the days of taking 3 children (under 5 years) on a plane – my goodness it was hard. So I want them to experience as much of the world as possible, so too many to name.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
A little weekend beverage and a big bar of chocolate.
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would be the ability to answer 3 children at once, when they are all asking you questions at the same time.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
I love it’s a safe environment for my children, they get a great education and the sunny weather makes me feel very happy.