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Dr Sophie Ainsworth

Ms Sophie Ainsworth

Biology Teacher

Dr Sophie Ainsworth holds a PHD in Developmental Biology from Brighton & Sussex Medical School. She started working as a post-doctoral research scientist and also started teaching neuroanatomy courses. This is where she found a love for teaching and decided to undergo a career change and completed her PGCE at University of Brighton.

After completing my PhD in Developmental Biology at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, I started working as a post-doctoral research scientist at The MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology at King’s College London. Whilst working at King’s, I started teaching on the neuroanatomy course for medical, dentistry and neuroscience students. I loved teaching and working with students, so I decided to undergo a career change. I went on to become a full time teacher and completed my PGCE at the University of Brighton. I have been teaching science ever since and I am grateful to have a job I love.

I was born in the UK, but spent about 10 years living in Canada when I was a child. I met my husband when I moved to Brighton, a city on the south coast of England, and we have two young children. I used to play rugby union for Hove (part of Brighton City in the UK), although now I just play touch rugby when I get a chance. I love watching sport on the TV, although I never remember the names of any athletes. I became a teacher as I love working with students and seeing them discover new ideas. It is a real privilege to be part of their learning journey.

I believe that happiness goes hand in hand with a feeling of security, safety and inclusion. As a teacher, I work hard to ensure that all students feel safe and included in my classroom, so they feel able to actively participate in all aspects of the lesson with confidence.