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!)