My experience as an art teacher now spans a quarter of a century and two inspiring cities, Bangkok and London. After successfully completing a Master’s degree in Art and Education, in the UK, I worked at an international sixth form college in central London, mainly teaching A level Art, before joining the St Andrews team in 2015. I have been delighted to watch the school grow to the vibrant learning environment it is now.
As Head of Art I have also watched the art department grow, as Art has become an increasingly popular subject at GCSE and beyond. In 2018 we introduced Photography as a subject in year 10, followed this year by the exciting option of Graphic Communication. We currently have 4 art groups per year at GCSE level and it is fantastic to see our students thrive on the range of techniques and processes taught. We have a great wealth of talent and creativity amongst students and staff and the art studios have a wonderful working atmosphere.
I love to make art in a number of different media, but my favourite media are digital photography and video. In 2020 I was invited to join the Theory of Knowledge team, which has been a perfect complement to another of my favourite pastimes, reading. I have two children, both boys, one in year 3 and one in year 5, who both thoroughly enjoy the family atmosphere at STA.
My family and I love that the school is inclusive, caring and happy.
"I love the artwork of the Surrealists, which my students may say matches my quirky sense of humour. I am well known for using the phrases "Art is never finished" and "There is no wrong answer in Art."