Background and Experience

I distinctly remember when I decided I wanted to teach History. I was a student in Year 9, learning about soldiers in the trenches in World War One. I remember being so horrified by the futility of their experience that I wanted everyone to know about how they had to live, fight and die.

So, for the past 23 years, that’s what I have been doing. Ensuring that the lives of ordinary men and women and their contributions to society are not forgotten. I consider myself very lucky that I have a job that allows me to continue to learn new things about the past.

Following the completion of a degree in History, I qualified as a teacher in 1997 and have been teaching ever since. Although I am called a teacher, I know that every day I learn something new. With a commitment to lifelong learning, I shall be completing a Masters Qualification in Education this year.

I have worked in two other secondary schools in Dorset. My previous position was as Head of Year at the largest Sixth Form in the country. I led the careers provision in the Sixth Form. I was so excited every year to see students embark on the next steps in their educational journeys. I was always particularly delighted that former students kept in touch and shared with me what they had gone on to do with their lives.

I am very pleased to be working for the first time at a school in my home town. I continue to live very happily in Poole with my husband and I have one truly amazing daughter, who is studying at university, and of whom I am very proud.

Three Personal Values

  • Fairness and equality; regardless of background or position in society
  • Kindness and care; to all living things and to the planet
  • Generosity of time and patience shown to others

My Favourite Educational Quote:
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character is the goal of true education.”
Dr Martin Luther King

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