Head of Art
Life before the Dragon
I grew up in Pembrokeshire (West Wales) surrounded by a landscape steeped in history and one which is spectacularly beautiful with rolling mountains and an outstanding coastline. I return there as often as I can, usually camping with my family in the summer months. I began to learn Welsh at the age of three (I am still learning) and am fortunate to be able to still speak it today, even at work with Mr Johnson the Bursar! I went to my local primary and secondary school, then on to a Foundation Art and Design course before moving to Cardiff to study for my BA Hons in Fine Art. I taught in Higher Education whilst working as an artist and completed my PGCE in Cardiff in 2001. My first teaching post was at a Pupil Referral Unit in Dorset and I then went on to teach Art and Design Technology in a Secondary school in Buckingham before joining the Dragon.
What do you most enjoy about the subjects you teach?
I love art and there is nothing more rewarding that sharing your passion with enthusiastic pupils. Being able to nurture and develop artistic skill is amazingly rewarding and art offers such diverse possibilities. Seeing children being proud of their own unique creation is so fulfilling. Picasso said every child is an artist and so it is brilliant to be surrounded by artists all day.
My family are the most important thing in my life and being a teacher enables me to spend an amazing amount of time with them, though not necessarily during term time! We enjoy the outdoors and spend many happy hours walking the dog and during the summer holidays enjoy being on or near a beach. I do paint in my own time and enjoy painting in watercolours and drawing on location. I cycle to work most days and love getting out on my mountain bike on the weekends.