The Teaching Team:
Miss Chubb - Middle School Team Leader
Mr Dolman - Y4 Teacher
Miss Zoghbi - Y4 Teacher
Miss Williams-Powell - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Black - Teaching Assistant
I have spent the last 3 years as a Year 1 and Year 5 teacher at Shiphay and I am pleased to move to Year 4 as Woodpecker’s teacher. My motivation to teach stems from my experiences in my previous military career where nine years were spent in instructional positions; these included instructing new recruits in combat engineering and trained soldiers on their trade course at the School of Military Engineering. When I left the military I was successful in gaining a place on the ‘Troops to Teachers programme’. My teacher training was split between academic study, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Primary Education Studies, with Brighton University and working in school for four days a week. Most of my school placements were at Shiphay Learning Academy, where I gained experience teaching Years Two and Six across the whole curriculum. I have had the opportunity to set up and run a successful after school Forest Club, which has allowed me to share my love of the outdoors with the children. I worked all around the world while I was in the army and had the opportunity to experience many different things, from working with the Kenyan Wildlife Service, helping to save Rhinos, to looking for a lost Inca city in Bolivia. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction when I can use my experiences to immerse the children in their learning
When I am not involved in activities with my family, I can usually be found maintaining the garden in some way. When I find time, I like to fish from my kayak and take long walks in the country with my dog. I also used to take part in many physical activities whilst I served in the Army, such as cross country running and steeplechase events. I have continued to run for pleasure and as part of a healthy lifestyle.
I qualified as a Primary school teacher in 2018 and moved to Bristol to begin my first year teaching in a Year Six class. I am excited to move back to Torbay and begin my second year of teaching in Year Four at Shiphay Learning Academy.
I completed a three-year degree in Education Studies, followed by a PGCE specialising in Science. I have an interest in the outdoors, Forest Schools and Science. I strive to ensure that my classroom is always vibrant and inviting, making sure that the children in my class have a warm and welcoming environment to work in. I believe in a broad and rich curriculum, in order to give all children an opportunity to excel and show their talents and interests. My aim is to make children feel inspired in every lesson, as well as feeling a sense of achievement in what they have completed.
Outside of school, I can often be found spending time with friends and family, cooking and going for long walks. I also spend time exercising and enjoy taking part in several active classes. I have a keen interest in travelling and exploring new places.
I look forward to beginning an exciting, new year in Year Four.