I have worked as a teacher since I qualified from Goldsmiths College, University of London, in 1995. Since then, I have held many enjoyable, challenging and different teaching positions in schools. I started off as a Geography teacher in Harrow, North West London and, over the years, gained a number of promotions that led me to becoming a Deputy Head in an inner-city London school. It was at this point in my career that I saw the opportunity to make a real change in my life when I saw the position advertised for a Geography/History High School teacher at the British International School of Charlotte. After some careful discussion with my family, we decided to take the huge step and move to Charlotte. I can honestly say we have all never been happier and view this as the best decision we have ever made. I also couldn’t have picked a better school in BISC. Right from the start, I was amazed by the enthusiasm and learning focus of the students, and just how eager they all are to discover new things. This was also coupled by the tremendously warm reception I received from the staff, who really made us feel very welcome.
I believe the people who know me would describe me as an ‘active’ person. Sport is a passion and I enjoy taking part in a number of different ones. A few of my current favorites are mountain biking, racquetball and running. I try to stay in shape and work out three times a week to maintain my general all-round fitness level. Sometimes my training will change if I have decided to enter a particular event, for example, a marathon. I have now completed the two Charlotte marathons, which was an all-time ambition of mine. I just need to do the London one now!
I also love to read but find it hard to find the time during the school term. I like nothing better, though, than to immerse myself in a good crime novel while relaxing on vacation. I also enjoy travelling and I have visited many interesting countries. I am fascinated by different cultures and try and experience as much of them during my travels as possible. One of my favorite trips was spending Christmas in Japan, where you really do feel that you have entered another world.
BISC is a school unlike any other I have ever taught in. Here, there is a much greater connection between the teachers, students and parents. We are one big family who work together to make this school totally unique. The school is completely student-centered; everything that we do starts off with the thought: ‘How does this benefit the learning of our students?’ This is our approach, but we also take it further. Not only are students the center of everything that we do; we additionally take each individual as a separate entity and work out a tailored pathway for them that is designed to facilitate their personal learning journey to success. We are all about the individual and are often complimented by parents for making huge progress with their children where before, in other schools, the success they had was far more limited.