I’ve been tutoring and coaching students in the wider Southampton area for their Mathematics GCSE since 2007 when I noticed how my brother was struggling. After he exceeded his predicted C achieve an A in 2008, I decided to become a maths teacher and I’ve never looked back. Since then I’ve helped students of all abilities from Year 4 to Year 11 in a wider area including Southampton and Winchester.
I’m a qualified teacher and took my first steps into teaching in 2009, qualifying with the 1* award for exceptional teaching from the University of Southampton. My degree, Structural Engineering with Architectural Studies, has given me a passion for showing students where mathematics is used in the real world. My approach has been heavily influenced by my past jobs, both inside and outside of teaching.
In 2017, I am starting to connect local mathematicians from the University with parents and schools who are looking for additional maths help for their students. I also host revision groups for Year 11 students in the run-up to their exams, giving students the chance to train for their exams with maths specialists on hand to answer any questions.
My main job is actually being a student myself. I’m studying school effectiveness and improvement at the University of Southampton and have recently won a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to continue onto Southampton Education School’s PhD programme.
Outside of teaching, my ongoing recovery from Guillain-Barré Syndrome has motivated me to raise money for charity: in 2012 people generously gave over £1,300 to the GBS Support Group, Smile4Wessex and Neurocare after I took part in the Great South Run 5k. I hope to do the same again sometime soon.