‘Be yourself. Everyone else is taken’ – Oscar Wilde.
I have always felt a sense of self-awareness throughout my experiences and the future has always excited me. My father always taught me to work hard, but also play hard and I knew that education, confidence, aspiration and belief would get me to where I need to be successful.
After taking a year out between sixth form and University to work for a radio station, supporting local talent, presenters and businesses on air and on stage, I went on to study at the University of Chester. I volunteered my time to sports and societies, school mentoring, after school clubs, theatres and school health promotions; all of which led me to aspire to teach. Before following this incredible route, I developed transferable skills when I ran in the Union election to become President of Chester Students’ Union and Governor of the University of Chester. This was without a doubt outside of my ‘comfort zone’, something I am incredibly proud of and an experience that developed my passion to further support and inspire students.
Following my two-year term as President, I completed an MBA before pursuing my teaching career. I was lucky enough to find a role with King’s Leadership Academy that allowed me to combine my love for education with my interest in drama and all that it brings to society; entertainment, confidence, emotion, feeling and escapism. I have worked with disadvantaged people using drama and theatre to build a sense of belonging and confidence. Drama can encourage, educate and build awareness on societal and worldwide issues and my experience reflects that during the student performances I led to enhance meaning and awareness through our campaigns (women’s rights, sexual violence, LGBT+ rights).
In my spare time, you may find me at a poetry night, comedy night, theatre or music event. I am also involved in health and wellbeing and gained my L3 personal training qualification to better support people to achieve their fitness goals. I enjoy the outdoors and in particular like to spend my winter break snowboarding and my summer break enjoying water sports.
I can see the best in people, and some would say I can read people like a play – sometimes directing that play can lead to award winning performances.