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Staff Profile: April Rudd

Mathematics Teacher

April attended the University of York studying Economics BSc (Hons) and became involved in wider university life by playing lacrosse and being a college representative for the Volunteering Society. After graduating, April decided that teaching would be a career providing a high level of challenge and stimulation and so was motivated to return to university, this time at Portsmouth, to complete her PGCE in teaching mathematics.

Having completed her training at Woolmer Hill School in Haslemere, April then secured a job there where she took on such responsibilities as Maths International Schools Co-ordinator and joined the Teaching and Learning Steering Group, concentrating on creating and implementing new initiatives in teaching. To give herself a new challenge and push her outside of her comfort zone, April took the job at BISS Puxi so that she could combine her love for discovering new cultures with her passion for teaching mathematics.

April is a keen follower of live music, ranging from unknown bands to stadium-filling artists. She is looking forward to exploring the music scene in Shanghai as well as experiencing the wide range of restaurants and museums that the city has to offer. As a (non-fluent) speaker of German, French and Russian, April is enthusiastic about getting to grips with Mandarin so that she can add it to her list.

What the students say about me...

At April’s last school, her younger students often commented on how surprised they were that maths lessons could be so fun and how they felt safe to challenge themselves in the classroom. April’s older students felt that the run-up to their GCSE exams was made calmer due to the revision sessions and perpetual support that she provided for them.

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