I graduated with a BA in Community Art and later on became a qualified youth worker, combining my love of art with the youth work wherever possible. Many of the young people that I worked with lived in deprived areas and had many challenges to overcome. Engaging in the arts was an excellent way of helping them overcome some of these struggles and give them something positive to focus on.
Deciding to further my training as a teacher was a big decision for me because of my own personal experience in school and I gave it lots of thought before applying to do my PGCE. My main focus has always been to inspire young people in my chosen subject; to enable them to discover that they can do it, even if the outcome is different from what others have produced.
Having spent the past 4 years teaching with my family in Uganda, I decided that it would be good to experience another culture with a very different environment from East Africa. In my mind, Chinese culture is very rich and diverse and encourages good work ethic. All these qualities are what I hope to foster in my art classroom here at BSG.