I attended school in Londonderry, Northern Ireland before heading to Queens University Belfast where I studied for my Law Degree. I followed in my father’s footsteps and became a lawyer, gaining further qualifications from the University of Northumbria and working in the family law practice for four years before deciding I was going to take my career in a different direction.
I decided I wanted to become a Primary School Teacher and so, I attended Oxford Brookes University to complete my Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After a great year there, I applied for a job in Hertfordshire and was successful in obtaining a position as a Year 3 Teacher in an ‘Outstanding’ School. I remained at Northgate School for four fantastic years before moving to the British School of Washington where I gained valuable experience teaching in an international school. After a great two years in Washington I was offered the exciting opportunity to teach in New York.
I am a big Sports Fan and in my spare time I enjoy watching most sports. I also still 'try' to play soccer and tennis as well as going for a run now and again! I enjoy reading, mostly thrillers and I enjoy watching the latest blockbuster movies and going to the theatre. My mum would say I never cook but I certainly love eating food! My parents still live in Northern Ireland, I have two older sisters, three wonderful nephews and two beautiful nieces and although the title is not official I am in their words 'the best Uncle in the world'!
What the students say about me
I make learning fun, I am always willing to help them.
I am good at explaining things and they enjoy being in my class.
This School is different to all others I have worked at because…
Before moving to America, I worked in a State school in England. The classes were much bigger and as a result it was often harder to achieve the personalised learning I strive for as a teacher. Being aware of how each child learns and makes progress is vitally important as they are all individuals who learn in different ways. It is obviously much easier to get to know your children better when the class size is smaller - a huge positive for the New York school. My previous school, the British School of Washington was an international school and part of the Nord Anglia network and so I have experience teaching in an international environment. In Washington it was great to see the different cultures and countries represented in the classroom and the children themselves often became a fantastic resource as they told each other about themselves. I am sure this international awareness will continue in New York. I have never taught in a school in the heart of a huge city like New York before but I am very much looking forward to the challenge ahead.