A new term means some new teachers have joined us here at St Benedict’s. Thanks to Miss McBlain for agreeing to take part in our ‘Teacher Feature’ so students can get to know her a little more!
- Where did you grow up and go to school and college?
I went to school at the Kingswood School in Corby, where I grew up. After school I went to an agricultural college in Northampton to study Animal Management.
2. Why did you decide to teach what you teach?
I studied zoology at university and have always loved sharing science, particularly biology.
3. Where and when was your first teaching job?
I was a teacher of science at The Weavers Academy in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
4. What are you enjoying most so far about your new role here at St Benedict’s?
I really enjoy the community aspect at St Benedict’s whether it is in form time, lessons or within my department with other staff.
5. What quality do you think you will bring to the team here at St Benedict’s?
I can share my fun and exciting experiences of working in wildlife conservation sector as a ranger and in the medical research into the classroom. Hopefully they inspire another pupil to take up a career in science.
6. What is your favourite movie/book?
I don’t have one favourite book but I do enjoy a good crime novel by Karin Slaughter!
7. What is your idea of fun?
I enjoy being outdoors and I am often looking through binoculars or a scope trying to spot rare and scare birds.
8. What is one of your hidden talents?
I’m not sure it is a hidden talent but I am learning to Sign and have already passed my Level 1 British Sign Language course.
9. What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
I dropped out of sixth form after the first year as I decided it wasn’t for me and; it was the best choice I ever made as I was able to study a course which was better suited to me, which I really enjoyed.
10. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would like to be able to fly!
11. Name three things you love about your job.
I love the practical side of science and being able to prove scientific theories to pupils, I really appreciate my department and working within a knowledgeable department and lastly having the opportunity to help young people be the best they can