I worked at Pelton Community Primary School for 4 years before deciding to venture into International teaching at Anfield International School, Hong Kong. This experience opened my eyes to lots of new ideas, strategies and teaching philosophies from fellow teachers from all around the world. In my previous schools I had organised a range of extra-curricular activities, led school and sport councils, coached various sporting teams, organised and approved educational visits across England, Europe and Hong Kong, and designed and maintained 3 school websites. It is important to me that the focus of a classroom is not on grades or results, but educating advanced learners who want to question, discuss and experiment. In the modern world, it is important to put the children’s learning into context and into real life scenarios. After a very brief return to teaching in England I soon realised that my teaching career was in Hong Kong.
My main love outside of teaching is football and I’ve supported Newcastle United since I could remember. Although they are not the most successful of teams I know there is never a dull moment as a Newcastle fan! During my first stint in Hong Kong I adopted Eastern Salon as my local team and I love watching them play at Mong Kok stadium. During my free time I like to go hiking and keep fit.