What is your current Job Title or Role?
Teacher of Design Inquiry and Science
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
There are many barriers to becoming a woman who's active in a STEM community. Womanhood comes with societal expectations of being a mother, working part time, being emotionally charged and being less practically minded. These are stereotypes, not fact or evidence. Woman can perform as strong, independent and inspirational professionals and it's vital that young woman see this.
How did you get to where you are today?
I completed a degree in Surf Science and Technology, being 1 of only 4 females in a group of 50. I saw this as an opportunity, not a weakness. I've worked in the NHS, but found my true home as a teacher at Plymouth School of Creative Arts, where we are foraging in the boundary between science and art.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I'm a secondary school teacher at the Plymouth School of Creative Arts. I lead Design Inquiry in Key Stage 3; a blend of science, design, technology and computing through a project based curriculum. I lead Year 9 GCSE Science, which is taught in an applied, project based, real life way, to give young people a felt experience of science in the world .
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I've always been interested in science and maths, and feel like I could paint a picture of the world around me in numbers, logic and algorithms. I would love to inspire others to see the world through my lens.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love opening young eyes to the world underneath; to see the 'why' in the world around them, and to see how important a part they have in this.
What do you like to do outside work?
I love to spend time with my husband and two sons, usually by or in the sea. We love being outdoors as a family - making fires, toasting marshmallows and making dens in the woods.