I was born in London but moved to Kent at 8, where I lived until I trained to teach at The University of Hertfordshire. I gained my BEd in 2001 and spent the first 2 years of my career teaching a Year 3 and 4 class in an urban school. I thoroughly enjoyed my first two years of teaching but was struck down by wanderlust! I moved to Ireland and spent six months living and working there before packing my backpack and seeing the world for six months. In the following years, I taught children from Nursery through to Year 6 and also took further time out to travel through Asia and South America. I moved back to London in 2008, teaching at a large primary school in South East London for ten years; here I taught Years 5 and 6, was a Year Group Leader, a Senior Leader and Math Lead, working with my school and others in the local area. I love city life so moving to Chicago is such an exciting opportunity! I cannot wait to explore the lakefront, to become immersed in the arts and music, and to experience a really cold winter!
One of the joys of teaching is that opportunities for creativity are in abundance; the ways in which lessons are structured, the ways environments are designed to enhance learning and the ways the individual expertise and interests of an educator can be harnessed to capture the imagination of their students. And for this creativity to flourish, everyone in the school community should embrace challenge - the challenge to be the best they can be, the challenge to take a risk, and the challenge to learn from experiences. It is a privilege to work with students, seeing their innovative ideas grow when they rise to such challenges.
- Universities Attended: University of Hertfordshire
- Degrees Earned: BEd (Hons) with specialisms in Science and Maths
- Certifications Earned: NCETM Primary Maths Mastery Specialist, NCETM Professional Development Lead
- Professional Development Experiences: OLEVI - Outstanding Teacher Programme, NCETM China-England Mathematics Exchange