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Lajoy Tucker

Lajoy Tucker

Secondary Science

Learning chemistry is learning a language that can be used to explain the world we live in while developing the skills necessary to change it. I have a first class undergraduate Master’s degree (MChem) in Chemistry from the University of Oxford where I studied at St John’s College; specialising in my final year in the synthesis of novel organometallic complexes. 

Learning chemistry is learning a language that can be used to explain the world we live in while developing the skills necessary to change it. I have a first class undergraduate Master’s degree (MChem) in Chemistry from the University of Oxford where I studied at St John’s College; specialising in my final year in the synthesis of novel organometallic complexes. 

On graduating in 2014, I was inspired to enter teaching through the Teach First Leadership Development Graduate Programme, fully embracing their mission statement that the future of each child should not depend on their socioeconomic background. My teaching career therefore has been established in London schools similar to my own, with the percentages of students from low-income families, and those speaking English as an Additional Language, significantly above the national and local averages. As such, adapting my practice to cater for hugely varying needs has been a particular strength. 

August 2019 will be the start of the sixth year of my teaching career, during which I have held a number of academic and pastoral positions including Second in Department, Joint Science Curriculum Leader, Head of House, and Professional Learning Lead. I have experience teaching the UK KS3 curriculum, GCSEs, and A-levels having spent the last two years teaching in one of the top sixth form colleges in England. 

My aim as a teacher is to empower young people to ask questions about the world around them while equipping them with the knowledge and skill to move towards answering these questions themselves; both in and out of the classroom. I am excited to join NAS Dubai which has such a strong commitment to developing their students into active members of their local, and international communities.