My role involves providing home support. I have vast experience in a variety of areas with a specialism in working with children with disabilities and child or adult mental health. I also provide advice to parents and teachers to better understand the specific needs of children with complex behavioural or emotional difficulties. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
‘I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.’ This simply play on words best describes my view of modern education. Education should be about learning from books as well as the ever increasing range of information available but it should also be fun. It should be presented to engage and it should challenge and provoke deeper thinking. I feel very privileged to have been involved in the education of many young children of Britain since 1999. Before this time I was living in Australia, attending University and working in a variety of jobs, including sales and services. Growing up in Australia has made me appreciate that you can do anything you want if you only put your mind to it. I am most inspired by the many people that don’t use excuses. I was going to end with a chemistry joke but I knew I wouldn’t get a reaction.
I consider myself to be a positive and out going person, who has taught across all year groups, since arriving in London, from sunny South Africa in 2005. I have been married for 10 years to my sole mate and have two beautiful children who are 4 and 7 years old. I enjoy keeping both my mind and body healthy by exercising during the week and when I find spare time to sit down and read, books which help me reflect on my parenting and teaching, are of great interest to me.
I joined West Hill in January 2016 and I am the Assistant Headteacher for Curriculum. Since qualifying as a primary school teacher in 2005, I have taught across all year groups but I am currently enjoying teaching our Year 1 and 2 children.
Teaching is my second career, having worked for 18 years in the City of London as an Investment Analyst. I enrolled at Greenwich University where I achieved a First Class BEd (Honours) Degree in 2008. After graduating, I worked at Holy Trinity C.E. Primary School in Gravesend for 8 years during which time I taught classes across Key Stages 1 and 2 and led a variety of curriculum subjects, most latterly Mathematics. During this time I undertook additional studies at the Institute of Education (now part of University College London) and became a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher. I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher at West Hill in January 2016 and am excited to be part of the team leading West Hill forward and promoting the community of the school and enabling our fantastic children to achieve their full potential.
I started working at West Hill Primary in 2002 as an NQT and have taught in all years across Key Stage 2 as well as some experience in Key Stage 1. As any primary school teacher will tell you, there is never a dull moment and no class is ever the same. This has meant that I have kept my love of teaching and helping the children in my care reach their full potential. I have been lucky enough to have had so many different roles in my time working at our school: from MFL co-ordinator to being a Maths leading teacher for Dartford. I am currently Assistant Head Teacher for English and am enjoying the challenges and opportunities that this role brings. West Hill is definitely in my blood and I enjoy being a part of our school community.
I would describe myself as Passionate, pro-active and committed. I started teaching in 2007 and worked across a range of schools: big, small, mainstream, specialist and independent. I also have experience working with children who have profound learning and physical disabilities which has given me a greater understanding of a range of children’s needs. Everywhere I’ve worked it was clear to me that my passion lies in helping children with special educational needs get what they need to reach their full potential. I come from a big family so I love getting involved in the hustle and bustle of family and school life. I strive for positive outcomes in everything I do, and at a time where the education system is in a period of change, I aim to inform, support, and motivate children, parents and teachers which I feel confident, eager and equipped to do.