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Too many moons ago, I started school in a little village called Selsey beside the sea. I vividly remember my two favourite teachers, Mrs Eames and Mrs Davis, who taught me drama and art respectively. Mrs Davis used to have a cupboard full of interesting things, which we were able to explore and draw and I know that she pricked my interest in collecting unusual things that I too, love to share with the children that I now teach. I found it tricky to fit in at school but Mrs Eames took me under her wing and made me feel that anything was possible. She encouraged me to take up drama lessons, which meant that my youth was filled with happy memories of performing and as a result, my own self-confidence blossomed.
Art and drama were to be the two great forces in my life and eventually led me to a career as a theatre designer. Later when I became a mother, I started volunteering time at my children’s school doing creative projects and helping out in school-I loved it! I fell in love with Glastonbury Thorn when my third child started school here, back in 2005, and very soon after started coming into school again, as a parent helper. I enjoyed being able to use my artistic skills to decorate the new Foundation Stage unit with murals of all the class animals. I eventually ended up working as a teaching assistant taking groups of children who were talented in art and giving them the opportunity to explore their talents in greater depth. I loved being in class and watching the different teachers ‘spread their magic’ and with the encouragement of Mrs Webb the then head teacher, I went on to train to become a teacher myself-and as they say the rest is history.
Glastonbury Thorn will always be a special place to me as it was where my own daughter started her learning journey and is the place that enabled me to grow and develop into the teacher that I now am. I love teaching and sharing learning with children of all ages but I particularly like to teach young children at the beginning of their journey, sparking their interest in all the wonderful things there are to find out about, discover and have a go at.