Current post Newly qualified, teaching design technology at Thomas Keble school, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Career to date?
At GCSE, my design technology teacher suggested I go into teaching, but I didn't think I had the patience. After A-levels and a BTec foundation in art and design, I did a degree in graphic design with illustration at Bath Spa University. I worked for a couple of years - some graphic design, and a lot of designing for landscaping gardens. I then decided to apply for a PGCE course. I'm glad I took those two years out, I feel I've gained more life skills in relation to my subject. If I'd done the PGCE straight after my degree, I don't think I'd have been mature enough.
Why did you become a teacher?
I enjoy learning new things - that's what really grabbed me. I can't just sit down - I've got to be doing something. I'm teaching textiles, food, graphics, art, and I can teach ICT. It's the pure devotion to the designing and constructing that I like. It's knowing the pupils can draw something and then appreciate the final product.
What's the best thing that's happened to you so far?
I have a Year 8 low ability class where I teach food technology. I did a Ready Steady Cook-type lesson with them. There are kids with behaviour difficulties, but it was successful because they helped one another, put their problems with friendships aside, and worked well together.
And the worst?
Getting used to the workload. When you start in September you have a tutor group, you've still got to plan for all these lessons, plus you have preparation for reports.
What do you like most about teaching?
Making kids aware that they're learning something new, and linking that to the real world because in some subjects they don't know why they're doing it. We've got to follow the national curriculum, but more importantly, with some of the kids, it's giving them life skills for when they leave school.
What is your dream job?
Not too sure. I've always thought of going down the advanced skills route, but it's still early days.
Enjoy it, but know when to stop working. As soon as you let the workload take over your time at home, that's it. I make sure I stay at school and get as much work done as possible, so I take little home. There is home life and there is work life.
Interview by Martin Whittaker