Ever since 'treading the boards' in countless school plays in my youth, I have felt a close affinity to the creative arts. I graduated in Literature, Film and Theatre from the University of Leeds and, after an uninspiring sojourn into the corporate world, entered the teaching profession in an attempt to inspire the next generation of writers, directors and performers.
Having taught English Language and Literature, Media Studies, Film Studies and Drama beginning in 2003, I have gained a keen awareness of how to develop the skills required for success in these areas. I am passionate about my subjects but am equally enthused by the field of education in general. In 2016, I was awarded a Master’s in Education: Leading Innovation and Change from St. Mary's University in London and have taken on a wide range of leadership roles in both the pastoral and academic areas of school life. Prior to arriving at BISC, I served as the Key Stage 4 Coordinator at the Nord Anglia International School in Hong Kong, so I am well-versed in what makes a Nord Anglia Education school so unique.
I think that my students would describe me as an openminded, passionate and engaging teacher who has their best interests at heart. I pride myself on my caring and inclusive approach to teaching and find that a kind word is often the most valuable thing I can offer a student. I think it is important for teachers to believe in the power of life-long learning and educational research. As a result, I ensure that I remain a student of teaching, as well as learning theory and practice, and that my lessons are often structured around a new strategy for effective learning.
I feel privileged to have relocated to the U.S., and the position at The British International School of Charlotte represents an extremely exciting opportunity for me. I am enjoying working with a dedicated and inspiring student body, as well as skilled and highly-committed colleagues. Working in a close-knit community with an energetic and creative team is the perfect environment for me to enable that students make the most of their unique skills and attributes.
I have essentially turned my personal interests into my professional pursuits, as – in my spare time – I enjoy going to the theatre, watching films and reading. I try to stay active, too, and enjoy running, soccer and (haphazardly) strumming chords on a guitar.