For humankind to reach a sustainable future relies on an understanding of geography. There is a need to appreciate differences between people, to dispel stereotypes and to understand the legacy that we have left as colonial rulers to allow social progress. We need to understand the remits of climate change, the processes and systems that drive weather, that cause natural disasters, to understand why a warming ocean will be devastating. The fact that geography incorporates such a wide range of topics, compounded with my love of travelling, has driven me to pursue a career in teaching about the world.
I got into teaching through a graduate assistance program run by The Perse. I spent my first year teaching geography, with the support of experienced members of the geography department and coaching girls’ games, a fantastic combination for me, as sport is another of my passions. The Perse has been paramount in my education, not only as a new teacher, but also as a pupil. My two years at the school in the Sixth Form were without a doubt the highlight of my school years and being able to come back and work at a place that has given me so much is a real privilege.
I am now in my eighth year at The Perse and as well as teaching geography, I am heavily involved in the girls’ games programme and a Lower School tutor. By taking part in Perse life in this way, I am lucky enough to see such a wide range of students excelling in different areas, and it is this that I particularly love about the school. I have also been fortunate enough to visit Iceland twice on geography trips, to take part in the school ski trip and to visit South Africa with hockey and netball teams.