Trust Leader for Teaching and Learning
BA (Hons.) in English Literature and History of Art and Design, Loughborough University / Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary English, Loughborough University
“I have met doctors, artists, engineers, writers, teachers, hairdressers, farmers – all amazing and aspirational young people. I am thrilled that we have contributed to those journeys.”
I grew up on a sheep farm on the top of a mountain in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland – students often joke with me that it’s funny I teach English with an accent like mine. Even after nearly thirty years of living in England, my Northern Irish brogue is as strong as ever! I now live in Leicestershire after coming over to England to study.
Education was extremely important to my mother: she was a single parent to six children after my father died when I was 10. Not making full use of school was not up for discussion! My secondary education was seven years at Loreto Grammar School in Omagh – it was also a convent when I was at school – we were taught by quite a few nuns. I then moved to Belfast where I completed a BTEC HND in Textile Technology – that wasn’t for me – it was too much about industry and production and not enough about people.
Prior to completing my teacher training, I had many jobs. Restaurant and hotel work in America, market research and working for a homeless charity in Belfast and production work in an egg mayonnaise and asthma inhaler factories in Loughborough.
I have been teaching at The Pingle Academy for most of my teaching career and it’s like a second home. I enjoy working with young people and supporting them to reach their goals and develop into young adults. The best feeling in the world is when a young person achieves the grades they need and deserve to take them to the next step of their journey into adulthood. In the last few years, I have been delighted to catch up with our former students and discover where their journeys have taken them.