What do you teach at Coleg y Cymoedd?
I am, in my 5th year of teaching and my 4th at the college. I currently teach across the following programmes: Travel & Tourism, Sport and Welsh Baccalaureate.
What is your greatest achievement during your time with us?
Completing my QTS programme which entitles me to teach from 11-18 years of age.
Tell us about your career and experience in Industry
I studied leisure and tourism in college, followed by completing a HND followed by a BA (Hons) in Leisure and Tourism management at the University of Glamorgan (now university of South Wales).
Following this had a job working in leisure and Sport department at Monmouthshire County Council working in a team managing parks, open spaces and working from time to time on sport development programmes and leisure and events projects.
I had a secondment during this time to cover maternity in the role of dragon sport coordinator role, looking after sport in after school and community club settings for 7-11 year olds.
Following this I moved to Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to take up the post of 5 x 60 officer, running a programme of sports and activity for 11-16 year olds in around the school day. I also worked with the PE department closely, assisting with delivery of programmes and large scale activities such as sports day and overseas ski trips.
I was offered the opportunity to train as a teacher in this school which I undertook. This allowed me to develop teaching skills across the PE department and geography department delivering travel and tourism courses.
Following the completion of this course I applied for the role I currently find myself in at the college.
Tell us about your qualifications
I possess a BA (Hons) Leisure and Tourism Management and a PGCE.
Something interesting about you
I have worked in various rugby coaching roles in my community including an adult side and Blaenau Gwent U15 Dewer shield squads, which is a pathway for local players to enter the Newport Gwent Dragons Academy.
I have also travelled extensively in Europe, America and Australia.