Where are you from originally?
I’m from a small village on the Suffolk coast in England.
Have you lived in any other countries?
No, living here in Warsaw is my first experience of living abroad.
What did you study and where?
I completed a B.Ed (hons) degree at Anglia Ruskin University, Brentwood. My specialist subject was Art. I have also completed a PGCE in Art and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Ipswich.
How long have you been at TBS?
I am now in my tenth year here. I came to Warsaw on a temporary 10-month contract and haven’t got around to going back home yet!
What do you enjoy most about teaching at our school?
I really like the variety of opportunities my job provides, from working with individuals who need additional Learning Support, to being part of the Geography and Art teams, right through to my whole-school responsibility working with both Primary and Secondary as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school. The part I enjoy most is when I see a student overcome a barrier to learning and start to succeed and enjoy their learning.
What are you most looking forward to in the 2020/2021 academic year?
To teaching Art again after an absence of several years from the subject. I am really enjoying the Art classes I have with Year 7 and Year 8 and am looking forward to seeing what they can achieve this year.
Who is your favourite historian/scientist/literary figure and why?
David Attenborough. As long as I can remember, I have been enthralled by his documentaries showing us the huge range of weird and wonderful life on our planet. His most recent one, A Life on Our Planet, recounts his life and offers his witness statement - a powerful, first-hand account of global decline seen during his lifetime, and what we need to do to recover from the devastation humanity has created on our planet. I think everyone needs to watch it.
What is your favourite thing about living in Warsaw?
The Old Town at Christmas and Lazienki Park in the Autumn. Warsaw is a great city to live in – it feels safe and offers plenty to do and see.
What do you miss most from home?
Family. My granddaughter, Mila, is growing up too quickly and I feel like I am missing out on most of it. However, I get daily photographs and videos and that keeps me smiling, and I regularly get to read her a bed-time story via FaceTime. Thank goodness for social media!