Background and Experience

As a child I was always active. Football and gymnastics were my main interests but in reality I would get involved in any sport. My parents were my biggest influences growing up, as they would travel all over the country, standing in the rain watching me play. My two biggest achievements being age 10 and representing Great Britain in Gymnastics and playing in the Women’s FA Cup Final in 1999.

From a young age I wanted to be a Police officer, but the experience that my teachers gave me in secondary school got me thinking. Still undecided, I embarked on the journey to University, the first in the family to do so. Year one ended and I questioned if University was for me, but I was determined to be successful. The next three years were amazing and, at that point, I knew teaching was my future.

I studied a four year teaching degree in Physical Education, at the University College Chichester, from 2000 to 2004 and secured my first full time teaching position in September 2004 at Ashdown School, Magna’s predecessor.

My career so far has allowed me to experience a number of different roles, from Tutor to Head of Year, Director of Key Stage 4 to Head of Department and now as Assistant Principal. Each new role brings new challenges, but I have always prided myself on putting the students first. I want the students in front of me to experience the support and to form the relationships I did when I was at secondary school..

If students feel happy and work hard in school, they will learn. The opportunities available will support their success and prepare them for future challenges.

Three personal Values

  • Effort is so important, continue to try and you will achieve
  • Always do things to the best of your ability, no one can ask for anymore
  • Experiences will remain with you forever, make the most of every opportunity

My Favourite Educational Quote:

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

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