I have always loved working with children and young people. After I completed my degree in Sports, Health and Exercise Science at The University of Hull, I worked as a youth worker at my local church and as a personal trainer. I then completed the Graduate Teacher Program in 2011. I spent the first 10 years of my career working at a primary school in Stoke, teaching Years 3,4 and 5. During that time, I was fortunate enough to lead Maths, Music and P.E. I also spent two years as Phase Leader for Lower Key Stage Two.
I moved to Ash Green in January 2021. I am the Computing lead and currently teach in Year 5. I believe that children should love learning; be resilient in tackling new skills and be prepared for life beyond the classroom walls. I would describe myself as committed, caring and calm and I aspire to provide every child with a first-class education, offering a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences.
Having two young children, I mostly spend my weekends running around the garden, reading stories or building tower blocks and blanket forts. However, I do also manage to find the time to play football and practise my drums, piano and guitar- all of which were self-taught, in the hope that one day I will also find the time to be in a band!
I’ve been at Ash Green for quite a while – getting on for forty years, in fact! Prior to this, I worked as a supply teacher for twelve months and it was in this capacity that I came to Ash Green back in 1979. I soon became a permanent member of the Ash Green family and started teaching in Reception as that was where the need was at the time: I’m actually middle school trained. I have now worked in every year from Reception to Year 6 and have, over the years, taught well over a thousand of Trentham’s children. It is a source of joy (and not a little pride) to me that I’m now teaching the children of many of my previous pupils. At present, I am one of the Year 6 teachers and also Key Stage 2 leader. For me, as for all of the staff at Ash Green, the children are the centre of everything and I am passionate about providing them with both the very best education they can have and the life skills they need to become happy and fulfilled citizens able to contribute to society.