After completing her A-levels in Biology, Psychology and Drama, Amy travelled to Cambodia to live and teach English in an orphanage before attending the University of Leeds in 2008 to begin her BsC in Psychology (International).
During her time at university, Amy spent a year at University of California Santa Barbra where she was able to broaden her studies and concentrate on Neurobiology and Neurochemistry, as well as study topics such as History of American Music and The Origins of Human Existence. Amy achieved a First Class Honours and her dissertation was used as part of a larger study published to develop understanding of childhood developmental coordination disorder.
She immediately began using her knowledge of childhood development when she began the Teach First programme in 2012 and taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics to KS3 and KS4, qualifying as ‘outstanding’ in the summer of 2013. Amy became Head of Year 10 in September 2013 which helped develop her awareness of academic and social pressures children face throughout education; this suited her psychology background and fed directly into her outstanding teaching practice.
Amy’s strengths in teaching include motivating students and helping them discover a love of learning through positive reinforcement and simple chunking of learning content. After three and a half years of teaching in her Teach First placement school, and two and a half years as a Head of Year, Amy left teaching to have a 6 month break and travel the world, while doing supply work in a range of schools. She now works in the prestigious Bishop Thomas Grant school in Streatham, continuing to follow her passion of working with children while teaching a subject she loves.
Dawn Brough, Assistant Principal, The Dearne ALC
Amy is an exemplary teaching member of staff and a true professional. Amy has a wealth of pedagogy experience and uses a wide range of techniques in order to engage students of all abilities in her classroom. Amy delivers outstanding lessons. She enriches the lives of those she teaches and is a truly inspiring person.