Having studied Music at the University of Durham, graduating in 1995 with a BA (Hons), music teaching was to be my path, so I remained in Durham to complete a PGCE in the teaching of Music as my principal subject and English as a second discipline. Following university I taught and led music in schools in London and Newcastle. Following four years as Head of Music in an independent school in Newcastle I moved to Washington, DC in 2008 to take up the Music Coordinator post at the British School of Washington. Wishing to expand my experience of the international sector, 2011 saw a move to take up post as Director of Fine Arts and Head of Music at a Catholic international school in Yokohama, Japan. Fate was to take a hand and fulfil my desire to return to the city I love, Washington, DC, with the opportunity to take up my present post as Head of Music at British International School of Washington in August 2014.
I am first and foremost a professional musician, who works as a teacher in the education sector. From a personal point of view, it is important for me to be able to continually develop my musical skills, challenging my musicianship, learning more about the place of music in history and in the world. To that end, I seek out opportunities for music making within professional choral ensembles or through piano accompaniment and performance.
Working with students who come from many different parts of the world, with many regularly moving between countries, affords a unique experience of music education. This allows British International School of Washington to be an exciting place to work. The wide experience of its teachers in conjunction with the resources of Nord Anglia Education provides all members of its community with a host of opportunities for great personal development. Music and performing arts are so important to the development of a person. The future is extremely bright for arts opportunities here at British International School of Washington, not only within our own programme, but also in collaboration regionally with the other Nord Anglia Education schools here in North America, and globally across the company. On a personal level as Head of Music, I am very excited by the new collaboration with the Juilliard School comes at a time when British International School of Washington is expanding its arts provision and resourcing. I enjoy developing and creating opportunities for students – British International School of Washington is the place to do just that.