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Gemma Langley

BSc, PGCE

Subject: Biology and Science

I’ve always wondered how things work, from rocket ships to the human body. Why do we sneeze? Is there  life on Mars? What causes disease? Science aims to provide the answers; it is the subject of discovery. I love it and I’m sure you will too.

I grew up in Wales surrounded by stunning scenery and beautiful beaches. My love of my surroundings and my desire to explore, understand and conserve them led me to do a degree in Marine Biology at Swansea University. There I spent my time studying the animals and plants (flora and fauna) of the sea and beaches.

I then worked as a Coastal Ranger and Heathland Warden on Gower, the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. There I had the privilege of sharing my passion for nature with school groups, youth associations and ramblers as well as carrying out biodiversity studies.

With a Marine Biology degree and conservation experience under my belt I was able to spend a year volunteering with Marine Conservation Organisations on Maui, Hawaii. This was an experience of a lifetime, where I was able to educate the public about humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, reef fish and the environmental issues that they face.

These educational roles made me realize that my passion was not just Biology itself, but the desire to teach it. I completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Swansea University, and then went on to teach Science, specializing in Biology, at Dwr-y-felin Comprehensive School in Neath. I taught there for seven years and thrived on watching my pupils blossom and succeed.

I recently moved to Oxford so that my husband can carry out further study. It’s a wonderful, historical city that I’m enjoying exploring. I’ve been introduced to rock climbing, and this, teamed with regular yoga and my passion for surfing keeps me fit enough to keep up with my active family and encourages plenty of travel.

I have two young sons who love nothing more than asking ‘Why?’; and I get great pleasure from helping them find the answers. As your tutor I’m here to support you and answer your questions. Learning may not always be easy but it should always be enjoyable. I’m currently studying from home for a TEFL qualification; I’m finding the whole process very fulfilling, but have been grateful for the guidance and assistance that I’ve had from my online tutor. As your tutor, remember there’s no question too small, so please don’t hesitate to contact me when you need help.

 

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