1) What do you love most about teaching Maths?
I love maths and working with young people – so fortunately as a Maths teacher I get to combine the two. Working with teenagers means that there’s always something that will happen in your day that will make you laugh!
2) What is your educational background, both academically and career wise?
I went to school in Leicester completing A-levels in Maths, Chemistry and Sociology, before heading north to the University of Leeds where I graduated with a First in Politics. I then made the slightly strange move from Politics student to Maths teacher. I had always really enjoyed Maths at school and an opportunity arose through the Teach First graduate scheme to become a Maths teacher. The Teach First scheme was very rewarding – I was thrown into the deep end on a full time teacher’s timetable, whilst completing my PGCE at the same time in a challenging inner city school in Leicester. I really enjoyed the experience and spent three years at my school in Leicester.
3) What has been the most memorable experience to date in your career?
I have lots of great memories from my time in Leicester, but the most memorable experience so far in Shanghai is seeing the Year 9 football team boys beat Wellington 8-2.
And now for some light-hearted questions
4) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
That’s a tough question! I think would love to live in London at some point – it’s such a dynamic city with so many things to see and do.
5) If you could get a Selfie with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
David Attenborough – I love his programmes (and his voice). I find it amazing that he is still managing to have incredible experiences even though he is approaching his 90s.
6) If you weren’t a teacher, what alternative career path do you think you would have taken and why?
I am not sure, but if I could have picked any career path it would have been an international cricketer. It’s just a shame I never worked out how to hit the ball onto the off side!
7) If you could choose one actor to star as you in a film, who would you choose and why?
Ricky Gervais – he’s a very funny guy. Although I am worried about how he would portray a Maths teacher.
8) What’s your favourite restaurant in Shanghai?
Pistolera’s - I love Mexican food and Pistolera’s is very close to where I live! I have eaten far too many nachos this year.
9) What 3 things could you not live without in Shanghai?
My air purifier, Luke’s Chicken Pesto wraps and an internet stream for the Leicester City games (we’re still top of the league at the time of writing this).
10) Did you do anything exciting for the Chinese New Year break?
I went to Japan which was amazing. We first went to Kyoto which was very beautiful, then travelled to Mount Fuji which was stunning! From there we travelled to Tokyo which was exactly what I was expecting – crazy!
Thank you for your time Mr Tilley.
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Ryan Kealey, Marketing and Events Manager