Role at MBS Sixth Form: Deputy Head of Faculty Creative and Performance & Lead Art Teacher
Since: September 2014
What inspired you to go into teaching?
Sharing my love of art and design, with students at such a formative stage in their life is what gets me up in the morning. I believe children are naturally imaginative and creative but can lose this gift if not actively encouraged and given opportunity to see how it can enrich their life. I hope to enable a greater understanding of how creative thinking underpins all cultural and technological progress. Studying and working in fashion, art galleries and publishing, prior to my teaching career, has given me a wealth of knowledge and a passion for innovation and ideas which I want to share, nurturing a sense of discovery in my students.
What attracted you to work at MBS?
The opportunity to start a new creative department in a secondary school, based on contemporary ideas and practice. Our location in London as a world leader in art and design is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with all aspects of the creative industries.
What’s the best thing about your job?
See students have an inspired moment, when an idea is visualised in their mind. Also seeing students make work they didn't believe they were capable of.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Seeing students go on to follow a career dream they have had since Year 7.
Why should a student choose your subject at A Level?
The creative industries are the fastest growing job market in London and working in the art or design world is one of the most fun and satisfying ways to earn a living.
What book or film inspired you the most in your subject?
'Blade Runner' by Ridley Scott (the 1982 film) was probably the most visually inspiring film I saw when I was a student. The mix of cultural styles and technology with the futuristic vision of living in a city left a lasting impression on me. The Vangelis score with Blade Runner blues is still on my play list.
What words of wisdom would you give your 17-year-old self?
Take a photograph everyday, and make one drawing every day, travel as much as you can, trust your gut feelings, and think collaboratively. Learning to build good teams in friends and work colleagues are key to success and happiness.
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