Originally born in the North of England and moving frequently both within the UK and internationally, our family relocated to Chicago four years ago as a result of my husband’s job. We have all embraced living in the ‘Second City’, constantly awed by the skyline, the waterfront and the many opportunities for new experiences. I have especially enjoyed running along the lakeshore, live storytelling and rowing with my daughter’s crew team on the river. At home, a menagerie of musical instruments is a key component of family life, inspiring our eclectic musical tastes. After pursuing other careers I retrained as a teacher in 2006 and subsequently worked in both public and private schools.
As well as teaching across different key stages, I have enjoyed roles as Head of Year, leading Modern Foreign Languages and English and most recently being Director of Curriculum Studies. Initially moving to Chicago without a U.S. work visa , I have been pursuing an MA in Educational Leadership and I hope to complete my thesis this summer . I have, however, missed being in the classroom, and I am thrilled to be joining the Year 3 team at Lincoln Park.
As a linguist and a passionate traveler, I am excited to be part of a truly global network of schools that embrace a holistic approach to education. I am especially pleased to be leading Mathematics for Key Stage Two. With my mum being a Math teacher when I was growing up, I was always surrounded by numbers, but it wasn’t until I later that I really appreciated numerical relationships that create mathematical fluency and understanding . In my classroom, I have always made it a personal mission to help all students to have fun with numbers, embrace the valuable learning that comes from making mistakes, and become confident mathmagicians.
There is a growing body of evidence about how our brains grow and develop, confirming that our abilities are not all fixed from birth but highly malleable: our brains grow when we are challenged. For teachers, this reinforces the importance of providing opportunities that will encourage students to value the process of learning and grow in confidence, as they embrace challenge. Embedding these experiences within a rich and creative curriculum helps each student to identify their interests, talents and skills, and raises achievement for all.
- Universities Attended: Bristol University; St Mary's College Twickenham: De Paul, Chicago
- Degrees Earned: BA Joint Hons, French and German; PGCE with primary languages; Masters in Educational Leadership
- Certifications Earned: QTS; St John's Ambulance First Aid;
- Professional Development Experiences: VLE; Active Inspire; Social Media for Kids; MFL Network; Questioning techniques; 'Gifted and Talented' forum; Lesson Study; Chicago Foundation for Education ( CFE): small grants reading and exposition; Maths in the CIty workshop ( Erikson Institute Math Collaborative)