I think my love of science was first ignited by my Grandfather’s old soil testing kit my Mum used for testing the soil of her vegetable garden. I took for granted my knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world growing up on a farm in rural Wales.
I studied Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics at A Level then studied Applied Biology at Bath University. After getting my honours degree, I worked as a food microbiologist for four years before moving to Oxford University as a research assistant in an immunology group. While there I authored several scientific papers and studied for and obtained a Diploma in Counselling in the evenings.
I left research to raise my two children and returned to work as a school science technician. Looking for a new challenge and always having enjoyed the presenting of my work and running courses, I trained as a teacher and gained my Diploma in Education and Training at Cirencester College. During my time there I taught A Level Biology and a one-year IGCSE Biology course to a group of students that were either re-sitting their GCSE or had difficulty accessing education in a traditional school setting.
I started tutoring while training at Cirencester and have carried on tutoring KS3 and GCSE Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I have also homeschooled some year 11 students in the run-up to their GCSEs.
I know that Science can seem a difficult subject, but it is all around us, and once you can see the links to your everyday life it can come alive in the most exciting way. I am always ready to answer any questions you might have, or we can work together to find out the answer – like true scientists!