Denise Coker

BEd

I have been lucky enough to teach in many different environments; from a large Junior School in Essex, to supply teaching in bustling inner-city schools, to quiet valley schools, to one-to-one tuition from my home. All of these experiences have come with the most wonderful rewards. I thrive on working with young people, the enthusiasm that they bring to tasks and the wonder that they feel when they learn something new.

As a young girl, I did very well in Mathematics. However, I did not flourish in the subject when I progressed into Secondary school. It took the skills of a patient and creative teacher to remove the mental block I had created for myself. I was inspired to become a teacher, and the love of Maths that I had felt in Primary School returned, so much so that I did my Bachelor of Education in Mathematics.

Part of my teaching experience has been supporting children with dyslexia, and this has been exceptionally gratifying.

I am an avid reader, loving all genres, although I have a particular love for detective stories or period dramas. I am lucky enough to live in part of the world that seems to have a castle, manor house or Roman ruin everywhere I look! This has fed my love of history, and my family and I are often out exploring or researching historical stories. I also love myths and legends and how they can be tied into historical facts.

I have a love of nature and my surroundings and a keen need to know why things work or happen they way they do. Primary Science provides an excellent start for a voyage of discovery with fun challenges and activities along the way. In any spare time, I can often be found sketching charcoal and pencil portraits. I am fortunate enough that I have had some of my art displayed in local art shows and sold portraits outside of the UK.

I have two grown children who still manage to keep me busy and active; one sharing my love of literature, the other my love for art.