What is your job title?
English Teacher and Learning Support.
How long have you been teaching and where have you taught previously?
I began my teaching career overseas in 2016. I spent two years teaching EFL in Saigon where, on occasion, I had to teach barefoot having ridden my moped to school through flash floods. I have also taught at Priory School (Weston-Super-Mare) and Bristol Grammar School as part of my PGCE.
What is your favourite thing about teaching?
The vast array of unique perspectives that each student and each class present. I could teach the same lesson to a hundred different groups of learners and be sure that new, original and salient points are made every time, ensuring that no school day is ever the same.
What inspires you most about your subject?
I relish being able to teach the novels that I loved reading as a teenager, and that shaped who I am today. After half-term I will be running a KS3 unit exploring ‘Ableism’ with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon as a core text – a personal favourite of mine when I was growing up. I hope that my students will be as moved by these books as I was.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want to have with you?
From a practical point of view: anything by Bear Grylls. If that is deemed cheating though, I would choose Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières and pretend that I, like the captain, was stuck in Greek island paradise.