Teacher of Year 7/8 Geography, Science and Maths,
BSc (Durham University), PGCE, MBA
Briefly describe your career (teaching or otherwise) to date.
I've taught in four schools in the UK, one in Zimbabwe, and two in Kenya. I've taught Maths, Science and Geography from Year 5 up to A-level/IB. I've always been involved in the sporting side of the school, often in drama and frequently in boarding. I've been a British and international school inspector for twelve years.
Why did you choose teaching as a career and what do you try to instil in your pupils?
From my early days teaching in Zimbabwe, I loved watching this age group of children progress before my eyes - they have such a steep learning curve and there's nothing quite so satisfying and rewarding as knowing that you're making a difference. I hope I instill a resilient 'have a go' attitude and I try to encourage children to make mistakes - after all, that's how we learn quickest.
Apart from your classroom teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?
Sport and quite a bit of admin. I prefer the sport!
In your opinion, what makes Kennedy House special?
It's apparent the moment you come through the school gates. A beautiful setting combined with a very friendly family feel while at the same time an industrious hive of activity.
Who or what inspires you?
Children - every day!
Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you.
I held a windsurfing world record for 7 years
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