I always wanted to be a teacher. I love working with children and making learning fun. I greatly enjoying teaching. It has given me the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of young children.
Following university, I taught children in Years 3 – 6 in a large comprehensive school in a challenging area. Many of the children I worked with had low aspirations and no interest in learning. I was keen to ignite their excitement and their enthusiasm. From covering the room top to bottom in leaves for a rainforest project to discovering time machines in the cupboard, I found ways to spark their imagination and passion for learning.
Keen to broaden my experience, I moved to an infant school and spent the next few years teaching children in Years 1 – 2, which I found hugely enjoyable and rewarding. Following the arrival of my third child, I took a short break from teaching and became a childminder.
This had a strong impact on my teaching, and broadened my knowledge of the Early Years curriculum. I love to teach creatively using imaginative approaches, making learning more interesting, exciting and effective. In this way I’ve found that children are able to make connections between one area of learning and another, extending their overall understanding.
Alongside this role, I teach children in schools in disadvantaged areas how to grow and cook their own vegetables and understand where food comes from.
When I’m not teaching, my family keep me busy. I live in Norfolk with my husband and our three wonderful children aged four, seven and nine. My youngest has just started school, giving me the chance to focus on my teaching. As a family, we are very active and spend most of our time outside, enjoying the countryside on bike rides or walks.
I look forward to working with you sparking your imagination too.