I am a friendly, approachable wife, mum of two and teacher. I enjoy helping others and seeing their confidence grow which is the reason I chose teaching as a career. I have always been passionate about science and find how the world works to be fascinating. I love finding out about new developments in the area of science and how they can help us in the future, there is so much to learn about this subject as it does not stand still. Family time with my children will often involve a trip to a museum or an experiment at the kitchen table. I am a member of the National Trust and enjoy visiting historical places and spending time outdoors. To relax I enjoy a good read and take part in local park runs.
I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997 with a BSc hons (2:1) in Biological Science and then began a career in the pharmaceutical industry where I worked in microbiological laboratories and manufacturing areas for 6 years. This gave me a great experience of how science is applied in the real world and I worked with a variety of people with many skills. The role gave me an understanding of the requirements of having a job and I developed many skills such as teamwork, communication, and time management. I realised from training new starters that I wanted to continue this type of job role more and looked at other career options and decided to train to be a secondary science teacher. I have now been teaching for 17 years and have found it to be an extremely rewarding and enjoyable career. I have had many roles at schools where I have worked including Form Tutor, S.T.E.M co-coordinator, Associate Teacher Mentor, Head of Science and Examiner for Edexcel. I have taken part in many curriculum development courses to enhance my teaching practice and have delivered training to other teachers to develop teaching and learning within schools. I read many research articles and listen to podcasts on new pedagogy which I adapt and use within my own teaching, I recognise that showing students how to learn is just as important as delivering curriculum content. I use retrieval practice in all lessons and interleave topics to aid memory recall. I enjoy being creative and use engaging and varied activities in my lessons for example model making of a specialised cells to illustrate their structure or use of web quests for independent learning. I have organised and led workshops, science clubs and educational trips which I recognise is an important way of enriching a child's experience of the subject. I have experience working in a variety of secondary schools and have a detailed knowledge of the new curriculum, examination preparation, behaviour management, SEN and safeguarding. I am currently still teaching within schools and take pride knowing that I deliver high quality teaching which allows the students I teach to reach their potential and make progress. I am also confident using various platforms to deliver lessons online.
In each session I model key concepts and provide practice opportunities for students to embed their knowledge and understanding. I use techniques to help memory recall and aid application. I will provide independent learning tasks and feedback to both student and parent.
KS3 Science - engaging and interactive sessions using lots of practical activities to allow students to reach mastery level. Homework help and revision support for assessments.
KS4 Combined Science - engaging and interactive sessions, required practical explanations, homework support and exam preparation following AQA / Edexcel specification.
KS4 Separate Science Biology - engaging and interactive sessions, required practical explanations, homework support and exam preparation following AQA / Edexcel specification.
A Level Biology
PGCE in Secondary Science
BSc hons (2:1) in Biological Sciences