Life before Teesside High School
My life before Teesside High was a rollercoaster of great opportunities. I studied locally gaining my A-levels and then a BA (Hons) in Entertainment Design Crafts, a course that specialises in Set, Prop and Costume Design for stage and screen. During my studies I was lucky enough to be asked to work for a variety of companies in the entertainment industry. My first job was at Beamish Museum creating the period costumes for staff, I then moved onto Theatre working on Michael Bourne’s Swan Lake at Newcastle Theatre Royal and Corra at Sunderland Empire. However my focus then went onto TV, working as a Stand by Art Director and Graphic designer/Set dresser on a few series in the North East such as the BBC’s Inspector George Gently and ITV Studio’s Vera. I finally decided I wanted to use my skills elsewhere and inspire others into the industry, I completed my PGCE at Sunderland before working in a secondary school in Gateshead and joining Teesside High as Head of Technology.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
Technology is constantly changing, 3D printers were not commonly used in schools 4/5 years ago, now they are the ‘norm’. These unexpected developments are what makes the subject so exciting. It gives the students a chance to be innovative thinkers and I am constantly learning new tricks of the trade with them. I love the students anticipation of not knowing whether a creative idea is going to work and the excitement when it does.
What do you enjoy most about Teesside High School?
Every part of the school feels like a community, the small class sizes, staff and the building itself enables relationships to be built very quickly. This is fundamental to our success.
What is your favourite lesson?
That’s a tough one. I really enjoy seeing Year 7 faces light up when they experience cooking in school for the first time. You would think they had never eaten before when they have a proud nibble of their food! I also love witnessing a GCSE student complete their controlled assessment and the accomplishment when they see their products finally finished after months of hard work.
What do others say about you?
I would like to think they would say I am bubbly, approachable and enthusiastic.