Background and Experience
Thinking about it now, it seems like education has become as much of a passion as a career to me. As a professional, I feel deeply driven to improve the quality of children’s learning experiences and their outcomes, which has meant that pursuing my goals has provided significant rewards as well as inevitable challenges.
From the moment I began as a student, in a part-time Teaching Assistant role supporting maths at a comprehensive school in Oxford, I felt instantly inspired by the students around me. My immediate priority as a professional beginner – and one I still maintain to this day – was to build students’ confidence and self-esteem in lessons I taught. This way, I have discovered that their curiosity and ambition for learning often knows no bounds.
Fifteen years later, during dedicated spells at schools in the London area, I have been determined and fortunate enough to glean a range of valuable experiences whilst leading outcomes for young people as both a middle and a senior leader. These have comprised, amongst others, becoming Head of Mathematics and, for a number of years now, as Vice Principal.
I have enjoyed success leading effective curriculum design and development and have strived to secure the highest attainable standards of teaching and learning across each and every classroom. My commitment to ensuring that all young people can succeed, achieve and aspire to become the very best version of themselves no matter what, has never wavered. All students in my care are strongly encouraged to embrace challenge and to recognise that taking risks and making mistakes are vital steps in building their resilience in later life.
I feel extremely excited and privileged to be joining such a wonderfully thriving community at Magna Academy, and I very much look forward to playing my part in full to ensure it is a school whose students continue to thrive and prosper as rounded young people as well as lifelong lovers of learning.
Three personal Values
- Have positive self-worth – Be your own biggest fan, be proud of all you are and all you do
- Think positive – Don’t dwell on what might go wrong, think about what you can make go right
- Have a strong work ethic – You get out of life what you put in, you can achieve anything with effort and practice
My Favourite Educational Quote:
"There’s no more powerful lesson than knowing your setbacks will one day help you to succeed"