- How long have you worked for E21C?
I began my teaching career at a school in Beckenham where I spent the first three years working as a Teacher of Geography and managing the gifted and talented provision across the whole school. 11 years ago I joined The Ravensbourne School as the Head of Department for Geography as I was so inspired by the vision and pace of the school. Since then I have had the opportunity to work in a number of different roles and I am now part of the senior leadership team that oversees the running of the Trust.
- What’s your background?
I grew up and was educated in Croydon. After my A-Levels I attended the University of Southampton to gain my Degree in Geography. Following university I worked in Brazil for a year as a marketing consultant, and then for a finance company in the City. I re-trained at Goldsmiths College to gain my teaching qualification and have never looked back! I always knew that I wanted to work with young people and to make their school experience the time of their lives! I believe in continuing my professional development and have achieved a Masters degree in Leadership in Education. Apart from my time in South America I have always lived and worked in the south-east.
- What does your day-to-day job involve?
Being part of a leadership team means that no two days are ever the same. My job ranges from helping a poorly child to the medical room to meeting with architects to design our new school. I work with the children as much as possible and always manage to fit some Year 11 tuition in each week as otherwise I’d miss my teaching too much. Every day I spend some time visiting lessons to monitor the teaching and learning and I have ongoing meetings with staff looking at how students are progressing in their different subject areas. Lunch duties, meeting with parents, looking at budgets … the job description is vast!
- What’s your favourite part of the job?
Of course it is working with the children, seeing them thrive and flourish, particularly when they grow in confidence. I’m very lucky that I am able to be so hands on with so many of our students. The teaching and learning that happens in classrooms is extremely important, but I also really enjoy the extra-curricular that we run as it enables me to get to know our students in a context outside of the classroom.
- If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
- What is your favourite saying?
Keep it in perspective!
- What would people be surprised to know about you?
I love music and started to play my grandmother’s piano when I was five. I have my Grade 8 Distinction in piano and singing and my piano sits in pride of place in the middle of our living room. I no longer have the time to practice as much as I would like to, but I try to fit in an hour or so each week-end.
- What’s your biggest achievement?
Being part of a profession that means the world to me whilst balancing being a mother and looking after my daughter. There isn’t a lot of time left over each day, but it is worth every moment.
- What is the biggest reward your role has offered to date?
Seeing my staff and students succeed as a result of my support.
- What was your favourite subject when you were at school?
All of them, of course! I loved school! I had my favourite teachers though and they were the ones who took the time to speak to me and my friends, took us on school trips and made their lessons fun, relevant and challenging.