Assistant Vice Principal
I studied Business Studies at University graduating in 1999. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, following in my mums footsteps, but didn’t feel prepared enough to do this at 22 years old, I felt I needed some life experience.
My first job after university was working with extremely vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds on a daily basis. I found I had a natural rapport with this age group and the work I put into my caseload helped to transform many young people’s lives; whether that was getting them a stable place to live, or helping them get onto a college course, every day was different and every day was rewarding in its own way.
In 2003 I made the decision to leave full time employment to return to Sheffield Hallam University to complete my PGCE in ICT. I did my teacher training at what was then the Elmhirst School and Priory School, and secured a position at Elmhirst starting in 2004.
I have worked in this community ever since, I have built my career in a school that I love and working within a community that I love, I am now one of those teachers who is working alongside former students, that doesn’t make me feel old it makes me feel proud.
In 2012 I became a step mum to my beautiful Sophie; being a parent has helped to me realise the issues that not only children but parents and carers face on a daily basis!
My husband Lee, Soph and I are Sheffield Wednesday fans (season ticket holders Home & Away); which doesn’t sit well with some of the kids, but the light hearted humorous football banter that I have with the students here at the Academy has helped me to form great relationships with them. Relationships which are significant in helping your son or daughter achieve their potential.