BSc Exeter University, PhD Leicester University, PGCE University of Bedfordshire
What roles did you have prior to working at the Bedford Sixth Form?
I previously taught Biology at Huntingdonshire Regional College; prior to my teaching career I worked as a marketing product manager at Beecham, and as an advertising planner at Saatchi & Saatchi.
What inspired you to pursue a career in teaching your particular subject?
I have always loved my subject, and wanted to put something back into society. I enjoy the challenge of inspiring all sorts of people to learn and to love biology.
What are your specialist areas of interest and expertise?
My main area of interest is in Cytology – the study of cells. During my PhD I carried out research into single-cell parasites in locusts, investigating organisms at a cellular level through high-powered magnification techniques. My work on this has subsequently appeared in published papers, and cited in the works of others.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Capturing people’s interest and firing their desire to learn. Being able to engage students with biology, share in their enthusiasm and be part of their day-to-day successes is extremely rewarding.
What has been your favourite experience in your teaching career so far?
Being part of this new adventure at The Bedford Sixth Form has been a rewarding experience so far; the building of relationships between both staff and students has been great to see.
What is it like to work at The Bedford Sixth Form?
Being part of a successful team and working environment makes my job extremely satisfying: I love the people I work with, and there is always a lot to look forward to every single day. The facilities here are great: I have my own personal classroom laboratory, which is very well-equipped, making it a perfect environment for me to carry out my lessons in the way I want.