KS3 English Teacher

MA (Hons) Art History, University of St Andrew's
MA Magazine Journalism, London (City)
PGCE Upper Primary, University of Exeter

What makes a good teacher at Dunhurst?

A good teacher is someone who stays curious about their subject and inspires passion within their students through their own enthusiasm. It's someone who listens to their pupils and offers them the best opportunities through which to learn. Creativity is also key!

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

I want to encourage a love of learning in my pupils. I want to help build perseverance and self-esteem, so they realise that their dreams are truly possible with hard work and focus.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

I run a Journalism Club to encourage young writers to improve their writing and publish it online. I am also running a Dunhurst ski trip to Switzerland in 2020.

In your opinion, what makes Dunhurst special?

The freedom to be yourself is what I believe is incredibly special about Dunhurst. While valuing the individual, Dunhurst is also a close-knit community with so much support offered from staff.

What is your best memory of Dunhurst?

I have only been here one term, but my favourite memory so far was my first ever school handshake on a Friday afternoon - to say goodbye personally to every pupil in the school at the end of the week is a great tradition.

Who or what inspires you?

I'm inspired by anyone who perseveres and overcomes obstacles to achieve great things - from Frida Kahlo to Alison Hargreaves.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I was once a photographer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.