Kelly's Story

Since becoming a teacher I have been able to transfer my passion for the Arts into my working career through teaching a range of arts related subjects, including Art & Design, Photography, Design Technology and Drama. It is my belief that children and young people need to be given the opportunity to explore and experiment with multiple media in an environment that celebrates success.

I constantly seek to learn new skills and techniques and I strive to develop this into my teaching as well as developing my own art practice. As an educator I feel it’s imperative to learn, explore, develop, inspire and guide my passion for the arts on to a new generation of creative artists.

In my teaching career I have been given fantastic opportunities in launching new qualifications in Photography and I continue to do this at my current school by producing a cohort of budding Photographers into our current 6th form. I feel this is an immense privilege and facilitating these young people to become confident creative artists has afforded me one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career.

This year I plan to undertake a Masters degree in Fine Art with a Photography specialism part time along side my teaching role. I feel this will afford me the opportunity to grow and extend my own practice as well as inspiring the pupils I teach.

As a mother I understand how significant and inspirational one person can be in a young persons life. From seeing my daughter come home from nursery consumed and stimulated by her teachers I understand how precious and important this role is, I aim to be that role model that others.

Juggling my teaching career along with motherhood and my own art practice can be challenging at times. Over time however I have learnt to focus on the things that are most important to me. I include my daughter in as much as possible that way she is exposed to as many stimulating, artistic experiences as possible.

The best part about my job is that I can continue to make a positive, meaningful impact to the young people I teach. Inspiring children, making students passionate, enthusiastic and excited about the arts and the possibilities they can lead on to is endless. I know that I will always inspire to want to do this. Creativity is for life and teaching is the most satisfying and rewarding way that I can do this.