Unviersity Degree: BA Fine Art, Post Graduate Diplomas in Building Surveying & Architectural Stone Conservation
I graduated from Wolverhampton University in Fine Art and went onto undertaking Post Graduate Diplomas in Building Surveying (Reading University) and Architectural Stone Conservation (Bournemouth University). From there I worked as a Stone Conservator, restoring/conserving historic/listed buildings throughout the UK including Salisbury Cathedral, Westminster Abby, Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace. During this time I became involved in teaching these subjects. I enjoyed teaching so much this led onto me qualifying as a fulltime teacher.
During my 15 years as a professional teacher, I have been lucky enough to experience and gain in-depth knowledge of working in KS 1, 2, 3, and 4. As a practising artist, I have worked as an Art Specialist in the UK, going around schools helping implement creative skills to enrich the curriculum and optimise learning. This has led to many of my student’s winning prestigious national art prices, including the NASUWT UK Primary Art Award in 2015.
My students tell me I am an inspirational and very funny teacher and although I would not say this myself, I am too polite to contradict them. I love teaching and feel honoured and lucky to be able to help young people aspire to exceed their goals and ambitions.
I am a very proud farther myself of 2 children. Joseph, who is 17 and studying film/video making and Molly, who is 21 and teaching (both in the UK). Wanting a new challenge to continue my development as a professional teacher, combined with my love of travelling around Asia, I decided to teach overseas in China. I applied to Nord Anglia because of their reputation as outstanding providers of education around the world. Fortunately, they invited me to teach at BSB Shunyi.