Qualified Teacher, DRB checked, Trustee for a local primary school.
I have been teaching since 1991. I qualified fully as a maths and outdoor activity teacher in 1994 and have been teaching in one form or another since then.
My first mathematics teaching post was in Zimbabwe in a small village school called Chakohwa Secondary School. This taught me how to teach with action and little English as their mother tongue was Shona.
On the maths front in the last decade, I have taught mainly at Ullswater Community College, and have had varying short term contracts at nearly all the local secondary schools (QKS, Kirkby Kendal, Cartmel, The Lakes and Ulverston Victoria High School.)
I have also taught in the public sector specifically at Christ's Hospital in Horsham, a Blue Coat school.
I am 51 years old, living in South Lakes. I enjoy swimming in the lakes here and I spend a lot of time cycling, climbing and bouldering too. My holidays tend to be sport focused typically climbing in the sun or cycle touring!
It has been and continues to be a joy and a privilege bringing up my two children. It has taught me a lot about myself and my priorities but more importantly, it has taught me how each individual is uniquely special and needs distinctly different attention.
I use the first lesson to learn about the tutee so that I can link the learning onto what they already know and understand and what is real in their life and how they like to learn. After identifying what the objective is (up and coming exam, confidence, or specific concepts) an appropriate framework of study is outlined giving the study programme a momentum with achievable outcomes on the way.
I'm a firm believer in pointing out what has been done correctly.
By looking closely at the pupil's study methods and attitude to being presented with a problem I am able to support improvements with solving problems. This is obviously a maths skill but clearly has transferable learning into general life as well.
Students genuinely enjoy my sessions as they really can see their improvements. It is a privilege to work with these young people who work hard and reap their reward.