Life before Teesside High School
Born and raised in Chester. After graduating in Physics from the University of Manchester; a career – spanning a couple of decades – in research and development, technical support, plant commissioning, production management and integrated quality, health and safety and environmental management, within the chemical industry – especially the man-made cellulosic fibres and extruded polystyrene foam insulation sectors in Coventry, Mobile (Alabama), Chicago and Grimsby. The last decade has seen a switch to secondary school teaching of Physics in the North East – specifically Hartlepool, Yarm and Newton Aycliffe. Quite a change of career, but no regrets.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
Being able to teach a challenging concept in Physics and explaining it clearly and enthusiastically enough to see students of all abilities make real progress, not only academically – but also appreciate the awe, beauty and relevance of Physics in the world around us.
What do you enjoy most about Teesside High School?
The school has such a welcoming and friendly atmosphere – both staff and students. There is a real caring, positive and holistic approach to everything Teesside High School seems to do, to makes it such a great place for students to progress both academically and socially. You feel you are helping students at the start of some great life journeys awaiting them in the future.
What is your favourite time of the year?
Autumn has always been my favourite season. The changing colours of natures; leaves on the paths; shorter days and that melancholic atmosphere that early sunsets and the glow of street lights bring. However, I have to say that sitting out on a warm, long summer evening does take some beating!
What do others say about you?
I would like to think my colleagues would consider me: professional, honest, dependable, empathetic, supportive, friendly and someone who likes to teach with a smile of his face. However, I probably take on too much, don’t delegate well, over-plan and need to get a better work-life balance. I’m working on that!