I work at BISW as Director of Performing Arts and, in my mind, it is the best job there is. I get to work with our wonderful BISW students and help their creativity grow, which is something I’m passionate about.
I teach predominantly middle and upper school to IB but have taught from nursery to IB in the past. Setting up concerts and performance events is a large part of my role, as well as educating all on why the Arts are an integral part of our students' weekly experiences.
In addition to being Director at BISW, I work for Nord Anglia Education as the NAE Juilliard Regional Head, developing curriculum and supporting all our school's great work around the world. I love being at the forefront of such an amazing collaboration and having a post that enables me to work with our global family and share good practice. Just as I enjoy helping students learn, the experience of sharing good practice, helping with professional development, making global links, and facilitating global projects is one I feel very feel privileged to have. It also allows me to bring great concepts and opportunities back to BISW.
Prior to this post, I was Director of Performing Arts at our sister school in Chicago for nine years, and head of music in a local London school before that.
I have a bachelor's degree in performance arts from Leeds University. During this four-year degree, I spent a year at the University of North Texas in both the jazz and classical program. Having realized that I really got a buzz from sharing my love of the arts with others, I did my PGCE at Roehampton University. I'm deeply interested in the innate creativity we all have within us and how we as educators can facilitate environments where all students feel they can tap into this and explore.
I'm a professional clarinetist and saxophonist, but after many years of teaching music, I can get a sound out of a lot of instruments! I'm also a keen runner and have completed the Chicago Marathon and many halves.
I was so inspired by our dance element within the Juilliard creative classroom and my visit to Juilliard that I am now taking some dance lessons.