I have been a teacher for 30 years working in mainstream secondary schools teaching Science (specialism Physics). I started my career in Cardiff, moving a couple of times before returning to the Cotswolds, the area I call home. I have worked in Further Education, too, as Course manager for Maths in the west country.
I have been teaching Maths and Science at Apricot since 2017 and have achieved some amazing results with the students that I have worked with.
I like working for Apricot because it allows me to work 1:1 and in small groups with a variety of young people. I am able to create bespoke lessons for my students which allows them to make excellent progress, as we can adjust and adapt to ensure concepts are understood and applied in context. This is very rewarding, especially when you witness a student who may have given upon, or become disillusioned with, education finally engage and enjoy learning once more.
Working from home allows me to foster and rehabilitate rescue dogs who find themselves in need of support. I volunteer and fund raise for a local rescue and every lesson there will be one or several dogs under my desk. The dogs sometimes join in with the lesson, whether planned or not! Often the dogs have given up and need extra care and nurturing to move on – just like some students when they arrive in the online classroom.