DId you know Mrs Edmondson, our Head of Nursery, used to be a children's book illustrator, among many other talents ...?
What inspired you to be a teacher?
Probably my father, who was a teacher for 50 plus years.
Tell us about your path into teaching:
I have always loved working with children and my path included being a riding instructor, a crèche manager and a children's book illustrator and finally my move into Early Years Education.
What do you love most about teaching?
Every day is an adventure, two days are never the same and never predictable!
What were you like at school?
I was the diligent bookish one!
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At my Sixth Form careers talk I said I wanted to be a mum! My 'mothering instinct' has stood me in good stead and is still very much at the forefront of what I do.
What’s the funniest moment you’ve had in a classroom?
I could write a book! With little ones, every day you hear some utterly priceless things, they are not usually sharable! This week's finest was being informed very solemnly that you must wear sun cream in hot places like Tenerife and Staplehurst!
What’s the most important lesson you can teach?
Never underestimate a child and celebrate the individual.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I am daily proud of the team I lead and the work we do, being Head of Nursery at MHS is an honour and a privilege.
What are you most excited about at Marlborough House this term/year?
Our move towards even more outdoors learning and our Eco School initiative.
What makes Marlborough House such a special place to be?
Our unique relationship with the families at the school, we embrace the whole family into our community, and I enjoy sharing the children's achievements with their parents.
School House: Egan
Years at MHS: 17
Unusual fact: I’m addicted to breeding chickens and getting beautiful, coloured eggs!
Highlight of my day: Tired, grubby and happy children (followed by a dog walk)
The book I am reading: Wilding by Isabella Tree, the story of the rewilding of Knebb Castle Estate
Most memorable moment at MHS: Ms Coatz as Elmer the elephant will stay with me always!