Life before the Dragon
I grew up in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire and spent the first 18 years of life at two schools that shared the same sports field. I went on to the University of Southampton where I studied Biomedical Science, after which I decided I wanted to see more of the world and spent an amazing six months in Uganda, working with children and young adults. It was in a small school in Musoto village that I had my first Science teaching experience, drawing the heart on a wall and building a model of the lungs using a plastic bottle and balloon! I decided to come back to the UK and complete my PGCE. I then spent four years teaching GCSE and A level Science in secondary schools before getting married and moving to Oxfordshire.
What do you enjoy most about the subjects you teach?
Science is an eye opening subject. It is relevant to all aspects of life and I love sharing this with children. Science allows the students to investigate and find out the answers for themselves and I enjoy hearing the questions and solutions that are developed by the children. For me, science has always been an exciting subject and I really enjoy trying to share that with the students and of course, relish seeing them learn.
What do you enjoy most about the Dragon?
The Dragon school really is a unique place. I love the variety of life here, it is not just a school, it is a sports centre, an art gallery, a theatre and a home. Everywhere you go you see dedicated staff drawing spectacular talent from lively, enthusiastic children. Here, children are free to learn and grow; they leave this school as confident, polite and intelligent young people. I have been enlightened since I started this year by the feeling of just plain fun that a school can have and I am constantly amazed by the community spirit that exists here. I am proud to be a part of such a special place.
When time allows I love spending time with my family and friends, dancing, going to the movies and the theatre. My husband and I live in the beautiful village of Goring and we love walking by the river, cycling and enjoying an evening drink at one of the country pubs overlooking the Thames valley.