Who is TeacherOfSci?
Hi, I am a 44 (currently) year old high school science teacher in a school in the South of England. I am married with 5 children (3 of my own and 2 step children). I have been teaching for 7 years and of all my careers to date, this is by far the most rewarding. It is also the most difficult; both in terms of how much extra work is required and how mentally taxing it can be. In short, it’s bloody hard work! However, I wouldn’t change it for all the world. Despite all the admin tasks and stress I get to work with amazing students from many different backgrounds who light up my day as much as I try to light up theirs. School can be difficult for many, I certainly didn’t enjoy my time at school except for a couple of subjects where I was inspired and encouraged by a couple of brilliant teachers, teachers who used their personality to bring the best out of me; a method I use to this day.
My persona in class and around the school is my slightly “out there” normal self dialled up to 11. I teach at 100 mph, regularly I can be found leaping from desks, making up stupid songs about science concepts that will stay in my students head for the rest of their lives or doing my world famous bee impression to show how they pollinate plants. My classroom is my stage, it’s theatre and it’s all for one reason….engagement!
I have decided to start teacherofsci.com because despite teaching being a very rewarding career, it’s really hard and through my own struggles I realised that other teachers were probably in the same shoes as me. I wanted to do something that would help support teachers around the world in the same areas I struggle with.
I have been a retail manager, chef and marine biologist in previous careers. I went to university at age 30 to study marine biology, a decision that many ridiculed but the thought of being in retail for the rest of my working life was awful, I was in a bad place. I decided that if I was going to make this monumental change to my life it would be the blue-sky dream…..I’ve never looked back. Doing Science for the first time since high school opened my mind, not only to the scientific method but also education. After spending a few years working in various places around the globe on coral reef conservation projects I applied for a teaching course at my original university. For the first time, I found I was good at my work and I enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoy it and stick with me,