I began my teaching career in 1991 after graduating with a B.Ed (Hons) degree in Design Technology from Liverpool John Moores University'. Prior to this, I had completed an apprenticeship in mechanical and production engineering with GEC Ruston Diesels, manufacturing high speed diesel engines for a variety of applications, including warships, oil rigs and power stations.
I am a conscientious and professional teacher and have taught a range of subjects, including all areas of Design Technology, Mathematics, Science, Construction, Art and ICT across the secondary age range. During this time, I have also mentored many new D&T teachers, supporting them in their teaching and developing their knowledge of the subject. I am a registered exam marker/moderator with AQA and Edexcel and have been a primary school governor for ten years, including seven as Chair of Governors and have delivered DT workshops to the primary age group.
In 2015 I reduced my full-time teaching commitment and completed a commission writing PSHE material for Dimensions Curriculum and commenced working as a teacher trainer for Primary Engineer. I have now left teaching in order to pursue these and other new opportunities within education.
I am friendly and approachable with excellent interpersonal skills, thorough and up to date knowledge and experience working with all age groups and in a variety of settings.
My 25 years’ experience of working with pupils in schools, adults in teacher training and previous industrial experience gives me a valuable skillset and realistic understanding of training needs of teachers. I fully understand the time constraints in teaching and I am happy to run courses during working days, evenings or holidays and will always endeavour to make each and every session ‘hands on’, informative and fun.