I qualified as a mainstream secondary Drama and English teacher fourteen years ago and I worked in a Gosport school for ten years. A deaf/blind family member led me to learn British Sign Language at night classes during my A Levels and Undergraduate University course. My interest in SEN developed during my mainstream career and I developed a short course in BSL which I was able to teach to A level students and to my tutor groups. A desire to use my BSL and work more closely with differing needs led me to Mary Rose Academy. My experience in working with many different teenagers has allowed me to treat our pupils with respect, with consideration for their ability and needs, gently encouraging them to develop.
I love live music, films, theatre, reading and writing. I have some ex students who have performed in the West End and it's great to support them as much as I can. I attend a local weekly craft group where I can stay creative and try new things. After being a member for 7 years I still can't draw though! I also love Strictly Come Dancing and have my own dance moves which would rival Shirley Ballas!
Here at Mary Rose I love the small numbers in classes, the way we can really get to know our pupils as individuals and support them to be more independent. I believe my role is to help prepare our pupils for Sixth Form and beyond. Instilling confidence and self-belief is something I have brought from my drama days and as each day is different I thoroughly enjoy my work.