- Carrying the torch for teaching in a family of educators
- Passionately promoting the magic in mathematics
- From the Royal Albert Hall – an All England Dance champion
- Full of spirit and part of the University cheerleading team
Inspiring the next generation
1. Who are you? And what is your passion?
I want to inspire, motivate and encourage children, to stimulate their imagination and to learn from them, as they will learn from me.
I am eager to complete my final year of studies and begin my career as a fully qualified teacher.
2. How does Plymouth lead the way in primary education?
In addition to gaining a teaching degree, specialising in mathematics will enhance my employability skills for the future.
3. What is a fear you’d like to conquer?
Despite being slightly nervous beginning my university journey, two years down the line, I feel excited and confident about the prospect of becoming a fully qualified teacher.
4. How do you respond when faced with a problem?
With young children, just as with adults, communication is always key.
As a teacher, or in my home life, I deal with a problem straight away. Resolving an issue before it gets too big and uncontrollable.
Unfortunately, not every child has a positive role model at home, or someone to talk to when they really need to.
I want to be a positive role model in the classroom for our next generation of learners, to help prepare them for a future of solving problems.
After a few years in the UK, I would love to follow in my dad’s footsteps and have a teaching adventure abroad. After years of working as a deputy head teacher in Devon, he now thoroughly enjoys being a deputy head teacher in an international boarding school in China.
Travelling has always been an interest of mine, so to be able to combine a career with living a different lifestyle would be a wonderful experience. I am up for the challenge of teaching in different countries and learning about different cultures and communities.
Every new experience helps you grow as an individual, and as a teacher, too. This means you become more experienced, more empathetic, and prepared to do your best for the children in your class, wherever you are in the world.
5. What do you know of that you believe could really change our world for the better?
Anything that brings people together, which is joyful and positive, and builds self-esteem. This is especially important for children, who we need to nurture to become caring, curious, and courageous individuals.
For me, my love of dance has brought me a lot of joy and helped shaped me to be an optimistic and passionate adult. I have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and been a modern and tap champion in the All England Dance national finals – I’m so proud to have won so many trophies.
Dancing since the age of four has given me so much confidence. My dream is to have an after-school club and transfer this to my teaching – using the power of dance to build a child’s confidence and mental health.
Years of dancing has taught me the importance of discipline, hard work, and self-motivation. I've brought this to Plymouth, and it will follow me into my classroom.
As I balance dance with my study, I continue to develop great friendships. I'm part of the University cheerleading team, finishing 2nd and 3rd in competitions in the Birmingham Arena and the Olympic Park in London.
It would be wonderful for my pupils to discover their own passion to complement their learning.
6. What do you want the world to look like in 10 years?
I want teachers to continue to have the opportunity to do what they are best at: to teach and inspire children.
7. If you had the chance to share one message to the whole world, what would it be?
My message would be for individuals to be kind to one another. Part of this can be achieved by caring and educating our children to become considerate, inquisitive, and well-rounded adults.
Influence our future. Teach the next generation
Prepare for a successful and rewarding career in primary teaching, and embark on a teaching career straight after your studies.
Building on long established partnerships, gain ample opportunities to learn with experienced practitioners.
Straight away you will work in a range of schools, building up confidence and expertise.