What is your role at Vinehall?
I am a form tutor and subject teacher of Year 3; I also teach Year 4 Learning Journey and RS and Year five RS.
What subject/s do you teach?
I teach many subjects and I am also a piano teacher, which I find very rewarding (more so if they practise!)
What made you want to become a teacher?
I like children! Also, after gaining my degree in music at Durham, I really wanted to stay in that beautiful city with my friends for another year and doing a post-graduate certificate in education enabled me to do that!
What do you enjoy most about Vinehall?
I couldn’t pick one thing – we are very lucky to have beautiful grounds (I love taking the Juniors to the outdoor fire-pit), great friends and colleagues, delicious food (thanks Chef Ian!) and of course I love Year 3 (yes, really!)
What are you planning that you are most excited about?
I am really looking forward to going to Plymouth soon to see Toby M in ‘Matilda’ – I adore musicals and have taught Toby so it is doubly exciting.
What is your best teaching memory?
I have so many! When I first began at Vinehall many moons ago, I remember being thrilled when a little boy who could not spell a single word correctly (and I mean a single word) composed an outstanding opening sentence to a piece of creative writing. I can still remember it: ‘It was the sort of day when even the stones huddled together for warmth…’ Goosebumps time!
When you are not in the classroom I am most likely to be …
Walking my two Jack Russell terriers, feeding my chickens, reading, watching a film or crime drama with my two daughters or, unfortunately, doing the housework 😞
Something not many people know about you is …
Before I was at Vinehall I lived in Kenya for seven years and I once climbed Mount Kenya to Point Lenana, the third highest peak – the one you don’t need special climbing equipment for! I would dearly love to take my daughters there one day – I miss it. If I win the Lottery that is one thing I will do (but I need to buy a ticket for that to happen!)