I initially trained as a primary-school teacher, qualifying with a BEd (hons) at the University of Hertfordshire. During my degree I specialised in maths and science. After qualifying I taught in both private and state schools in England and Scotland. I moved to the Isle of Wight with my young family in 2002 and spent my early years on the Island as a full-time mum. On the Island I have worked as a part-time tutor to a teenager with special educational needs and as an Adult Education Tutor, teaching numeracy skills. Since 2010 I have been offering small group and one-to-one maths tuition in Cowes and have helped dozens of young people improve their skills and in many cases attain a maths GCSE.
My three children (at the time of writing 20,18 and 14) have all been home-educated) and were the reason for starting small group tuition, initially working with my eldest daughter and a group of her friends it became apparent that other home-educated young people wanted to study maths in a group setting. Alongside this I have offered personal tuition to home and school educated children (and the occasional adult too). I have experience of teaching people with a wide variety of backgrounds, specific learning needs and ability levels.
Many people are scared of maths, and one of my main aims is to take away that fear and show that maths need not be scary and can even be fun! With younger children I put much more emphasise on fun investigative maths, maths games and mental maths. This helps build skills in a more relaxed way, and equips people well for going on to more formal study.
I love teaching, and as well as teaching maths I am a qualified swimming teacher and have taught swimming to all ages, from babies to adults over a thirty year period. I now teach baby swimming sessions one day per week. I’m also currently studying a part-time certificate in Cognitive Psychology at Cambridge University, to keep my own brain sharp (!) and improve my teaching skills further.