Teacher of Biology and Physics
How did you first get involved in teaching, what attracted you to this profession?
For a summer job I once went to Philadelphia (USA) to teach Golf at a Summer Camp. I really enjoyed teaching children new skills and seeing them develop and improve. I decided to use my degree in Science to teach children in the classroom as opposed to on the golf course.
Describe what it means to you to be a teacher?
Teaching is great. You are involved with young adults who want to learn new knowledge and skills.
What attracted you to Pinehurst?
Pinehurst had an excellent reputation. I have had experience of teaching Cambridge in England as opposed to NCEA.
What do you enjoy most about working/teaching at Pinehurst School?
There is a great learning feel to the school. Both the students and staff are very nice and are willing to learn and progress to achieve better results.
What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about education?
Education is about developing into a good member of society. It is not all about results. Results are important, however the development of the person themselves takes priority.
Explain why you like teaching the Cambridge Curriculum?
Cambridge is a curriculum that I am familiar with.
How long have you been teaching?
8 years, 6 years in Nottingham, England and 2 years in Auckland, New Zealand.
Where did you train and what qualifications do you hold?
Glasgow University – BSc (hons) Physiology, Nottingham University – PGCE Science Teaching.
Has teaching always been your profession?
Worked for a Marketing company in Cambridge, England for 2 years after completing my undergraduate degree.
What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
Encouraging students to try their best. I am passionate about the outdoors as well as Science. I think it is great that the school encourages the Duke of Edinburgh program and lots of outdoor pursuits.