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Staff Profile: Gavin Rayner

Gavin Rayner

Teacher of Science

When I was nineteen I took part in Camp America as a camp counsellor. One night there was a huge storm and all the kids woke up. I decided to read my well-worn copy of A Brief History of Time by Hawking. I thought it would put them to sleep, but instead they were fascinated by the idea of black holes, and time travel. I loved it. This was the inspiration for me to become a teacher.

I studied Material Science at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) for my undergraduate degree before moving to the University of Nottingham to study Film at a postgraduate level. I then returned to Manchester to study a PGCE in Secondary Science with a Physics specialism.

After completing my PGCE, I spent my first two years teaching in Nottingham, becoming teacher in charge of physics before moving to the US to work at the British School of Houston. It was here that I learned how much fun teaching could and should be. After four years in the States I moved back to the UK to teach in an independent school in north Essex. I have now returned to Houston.

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