I have been involved in Classics teaching for the past 22 years and am passionate about the Classics. Originally my desire was to be a lawyer, to earn lots of money (or so I thought in my teenage years) but I soon realised that I loved the Classics too much to forego them and made a career change to being a teacher instead. My main areas of interest are Greek Tragedy which formed the focus of my masters dissertation, Greek Art and Architecture, and the Latin poets (love and epic). I am also a keen writer and dabble in the world of fiction as well as currently writing my own textbook. I write for pleasure and have been published in the Journal of Classical Teaching, and write a blog on the Classics (http://musingabouttheclassics.blogspot.co.uk/). I also maintain a VLE RemovedQuia.com and am happy to allow my tutees access to this if it is relevant to their course.
My hobbies are varied - when I am not reading or writing, I am usually either cooking or painting or trying (with varying degrees of success) to learn to play the piano.
I have taught in a wide variety of schools - single-sex, Co-Ed, independent and state sector - as well as lecturing at university. I am an assistant examiner for OCR (A level) and this gives me a fantastic sense of how to prepare my pupils for their important exams. I also help to mentor future teachers through placements with King's College, London.
My approach is individual. I feel that every pupil no matter their age, gender or academic ability, has the potential within them - it is up to the teacher to find the key to unlocking that potential. I know it sounds like a cliche but the thing about cliches is that they often have a nugget of truth within them. Even when I have had large classes, I have tailored my teaching to reach every pupil in that class; obviously this is far easier with one-to-one tuition. This approach has led to a very good success rate amongst my pupils (often with classes achieving a 100% A and A* pass-rate) and also to many of my pupils being inspired to take Classics further into their tertiary education, some with the intention of becoming Classics teachers themselves. I have a good rate of success with helping my pupils get accepted into Oxbridge universities and have been asked by the GDST to present at Oxbridge conferences.
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|University of Natal||1998||Masters||MA in Classics|
|University of Natal||1996||Other||Honours in Classics|
|University of Natal||1995||Bachelors||BA in Classics and Law|
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