I am from Chester and live in Hoole with my husband and my two children. I am an experienced teacher in primary education. I teach at St. Werburgh’s and St. Columba’s Primary School in Chester, lead the infant department, music and arts curriculum and am an Arts Award leader.
I have developed a singing / music cluster in the Chester area which includes eight primary schools /one high school. Termly I organise projects for different age groups. Each project includes over 300 children and these culminate in a celebratory concert. I have supported my school in gaining the Platinum SingUp Award and the Artsmark Gold Award. I have advised other schools/ students on achieving SingUp Awards and developing music in their schools and local communities. I have worked and organised several arts based projects within the Hoole Community and local parish. I have worked with Manchester Camerata and the University of Chester providing opportunities for children in local schools to work creatively with their peers, teachers, students, families, communities and arts specialists.
I have a great passion for teaching music and the arts and in my own experience, I have seen how they can engage children and allow them to grow emotionally, socially and academically. I believe music and the arts should be open to everyone no matter what their ability, background, gender and ethnic origin.
As Part of St Marys User group I represent the primary sector and I believe that St Mary’s could provide exciting arts and cultural future opening up many creative opportunities for the younger generation in Chester.