I have been teaching at British International School of Washington since 2002, and for both personal and professional reasons I found myself a member of the first group of specialist secondary staff to join “ British School of Washington.” The I for International was added at a later date to reflect the truly international makeup of our student body better. The challenges we’ve faced, the obstacles we’ve overcome to build a successful secondary school have been many and yet here we are a growing school and an exciting future.
I have held a range of positions within BISW over the years, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the school's growth and development. Though involved in many different aspects of the school I have never lost my passion the subject of design, and I currently hold the position of Head of Technology.
Hailing from Leicester (UK) home of the Fox’s and Tigers, I journeyed north graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a Degree in Industrial Design in 1992. Manchester having lost its luster, I returned to Leicester enrolling at Leicester’s De Montfort University, formerly Leicester Polytechnic, earning my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Art and Design. However, I happily found myself in the Design Technology departments of the schools I trained in, and I never looked back. I started my UK teaching career in 1995 and taught in three separate institutions, the last two being Specialist Technology Colleges, the latter in the capacity of Head of Department.
At heart I am a designer maker with many projects ongoing, my subject has continued to change and develop at a very rapid pace, and there are so many new ideas to become excited about. To quote Walt Disney, “Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”