I was always interested in the sciences at school but particularly enjoyed chemistry as it offered me the greatest opportunities for practical work. After a degree in chemistry at Oxford University, I completed a PhD to focus my attention on research. Although my research was interesting, I realised that I wanted to be in an environment where I could work in a team and utilise my interpersonal skills more.
During my university years, I had qualified as a fitness class group instructor and really enjoyed the teacher-student dynamic. As soon as I read the advert for a chemistry teacher at The Perse, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do. I hoped that my postgraduate study would be advantageous and demonstrate my genuine enthusiasm and passion for chemistry, teamwork and other transferable skills.
I love how varied and fast-paced my job is. The children are always enthusiastic and keen to learn. I enjoy the challenge of how to convey sometimes complex material to a young audience and also make it a relevant learning experience. I like to focus on the practical element of chemistry and try to integrate this into as much of my teaching as possible. All lessons are taught in specialist labs. The chemistry department is extremely well-resourced and supported by excellent technicians who set up practicals for the pupils. Through practical experience, the pupils learn from a hands-on approach and hopefully have fun at the same time.
The Perse is a welcoming environment for both pupils and staff. The staff are enthusiastic and supportive and I am continuously learning from high quality teachers. I am also afforded the opportunity to be involved in the rowing programme at school. Having rowed at university, I am lucky enough to utilise my skills and coach some talented, enthusiastic pupils.