Emma qualified as a primary school teacher in 2006 after gaining her teaching degree. Having grown up in Hampshire and then moving to Plymouth for university, she decided to relocate to Cornwall with her now husband, who she met in her final year of university. She taught years 3 and 6 in a school in the St Austell area for three years and then joined St Columb Minor Academy in 2009. At St Columb Minor Academy Emma has taught years 3, 5 and 6.
Why did Emma choose teaching?
Emma was always conscientious at school and enjoyed learning. When growing up, at one point in her life, she was the eldest of 5 children, so was used to looking after children and telling them what to do!! When Emma was in Year 6 at school in Portsmouth (where she grew up), she had an amazing teacher, Mrs Thomas, and Emma decided that she wanted to be like her. When choosing her GCSEs, A-Levels and then university, teaching was always at the forefront of her mind.
Outside of school:
Emma has two young children and loves to spend time with them, as well as her husband, especially at the many beautiful beaches that Cornwall has to offer. She is also a keen runner, reader, loves a cup of tea and cake, and loves watching Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off.
An unusual unknown fact about Emma:
In 1997, when Emma was at secondary school, she was one of the first children in the UK to read the first Harry Potter book. She was chosen to help judge for The Carnegie Medal (a British literary award that annually recognises one outstanding new English-language book for children or young adults) where she had to read 7 different books and vote for her favourite using a range of criteria. Emma voted for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to win, but it didn’t, River Boy by Tim Bowler did.
Favourite quote: 'And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.' Billy and the Minpins - Roald Dahl
Kat started her career working for the Education Department at the Houses of Parliament. Here she used her love of history to run workshops and guided tours about Parliament. On returning home to Cornwall, she retrained to become a teacher. Her first teaching job was in Barnstaple, before moving to Blue School in 2014. At Blue School she has taught both Year 2 and Year 3 and is currently English subject lead.
Why did Kat choose teaching?
Whilst working at the Houses of Parliament, Kat become passionate about educating children. She enjoyed seeing children's interest and knowledge grow through her workshops and will never tire of the joy of sparking a child's curiosity in learning. She is passionate in instilling in children a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.
Outside of school:
In her spare time, Kat can be found spending time with her family. She loves being outside with her toddler, exploring all of the beaches and beautiful countryside in our home county. She enjoys sea swimming, running and snuggling up in front of the fire with some knitting!
Most unusual unknown fact about Kat:
Favourite quote: 'If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.' Roald Dahl
Vicky has been working in schools since 2005. Born in Luton, she has lived and worked in many counties and countries too, including Gambia, Thailand and Spain.
Why did Vicky choose teaching?
Her passion for teaching and learning first began whilst she was working as a Teaching Assistant and 1:1 teaching assistant. Vicky has a natural desire to help others and a drive to see them achieve. She believes that teaching is about more than academic subjects and strives to develop children’s ability to understand each-other and the world, as well as taking care of their mental health.
Outside of school:
During Covid: Outside of school Vicky enjoys leisurely Sunday afternoon walks and bike rides. She loves to spend time with her family and fiancé, building fires, having barbeques and dancing. Recently, Vicky has grown her interests in gardening and is enjoying growing her own produce.
Most unusal fact about Vicky: Vicky is a born traveller who loves to explore and learn about different cultures and ways of life. She cannot wait to explore again!
Most unusual unknown fact about Vicky
Vicky once flew to an active volcano in a helicopter, landed and explored (wearing a gas mask) for a whole hour!
Favourite quote: 'Being different isn't a bad thing it means you're brave enough to be yourself.' Luna Lovegood