I began my association with Shiphay in 2006 as a Student Teacher on the Devon SCITT course and was very fortunate to then be employed as a teacher in Year 3. After teaching in Year 3 for three years, I moved to teach in Year 6, where I am currently still teaching. Committed to lifelong learning, I have worked my way through my Middle Leaders, Senior Leadership qualifications and I am currently studying for my Headship qualification. As a result, I am now one of the Academy’s Assistant Headteachers and Team Leader for Upper School. In addition to this, I am the lead for Torbay’s Apple Regional Training Centre, which is based at Shiphay and Literacy Coordinator.
Creativeness is very important to me. Prior to teaching, I studied at Dartington College of Arts and gained a First Class Honours Degree in Performance Writing and a Masters with Distinction in Visual Performance; this has inspired in me a love of literature, the Arts and digital media. Through my roles as Writing, Reading and Arts Champions, I enjoy actively promoting these areas at Shiphay and across Torbay.
Teaching Year 6 is both a challenging and exciting experience and having a creative approach to the curriculum that is based on active learning, enables me to set high aspirations for my class. I believe in putting the learner at the core of the learning experience, so they feel empowered to become partners in planning learning experiences and evaluating their success, as those are essential skills they will take with them through life.