BA (Hons), PGCE
Katherine received her undergraduate degree in Business Management and after graduating, worked in recruitment and sales. This commercial experience gave Katherine a great foundation upon which to build a career in Business and Economics education. She decided that it was time to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and attained her PGCE in Secondary Business Studies and Economics from Manchester University in 2000. She took her first post at Sale Grammar School, Manchester, followed by Teesside High School in 2005. She spent twelve happy years there, working in many different roles, including the Head of Business Studies and Economics, Head of Sixth Form and Director of Studies. Katherine and her family decided to take the leap in to the world of international education in 2017. The family was looking for a school that offered a similar experience to their time at Teesside High - an outstanding independent school with a strong sense of community. BISS Puxi offered this and much, much more. She remembers feeling almost instantly at home at BISS and in Shanghai. Katherine has enjoyed benefiting from the Nord Anglia investment in lifelong learning. She has been able to enjoy many opportunities since arriving at BISS to develop her own pedagogy. In her first and second years she enjoyed being involved in the coaching programme and has since completed the Middle Leadership course. More recently, she has had the opportunity to up-skill and to integrate technology into the classroom. Katherine arrived at BISS as a classroom teacher and has since held the posts of Head of Business and Economics, IBDP Coordinator and now she leads our IB Academy as our Head of IB.
Katherine believes that outstanding education is built on a foundation of strong relationships - it is vital to get to know each individual student and to tailor the teaching to meet their needs. Every student is different and will have different strengths and challenges and it is the goal of a good teacher to help students to understand how to capitalise on their strengths and how to overcome areas of weakness - whether that be skills or knowledge based. Katherine also believes that working closely with families can be incredibly important to provide a complete support network. Her goal is to empower her students to lead their own learning. Whilst motivational techniques can engage students and help them to achieve good results, an empowered young person has no limits to what they can achieve.
Katherine lives and works in Shanghai with her husband Phil, also a teacher, and her young son, William. They enjoy travelling in South East Asia and spend their free time exploring all that Shanghai has to offer.