Meet Our Teachers

Qualified and experienced

Meet our teaching team

Teachers have a profound impact on each of us. We understand just how important the role our teachers have, so we ensure that our team includes only qualified, experienced and passionate professionals who are committed to making every lesson an engaging and exciting experience for your child.

Meet the members of our teaching team:

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Anne-Marie Taylor

Primary Years

I gained my degree in Children’s Development and Learning, then went to teach in a primary school, where I taught in both Year 4 and Year 5. During this time, I was also the head of both Maths and Science. In addition to teaching in school, I have tutored many children in Year 6 in the lead up to their SAT exams. 

I chose to specialise in Children's Development and Learning for my degree, as this is an area that I think is of great importance. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught a number of children who have had additional support needs. I was inspired to begin teaching online through a friend of mine, whose daughter was struggling with school.I began to research alternatives to mainstream school and learned about online teaching. I wanted to be able to support children, like my friend’s daughter, who find mainstream school difficult.

My aim is to help pupils develop a love for learning, and to build their confidence so that they can achieve their goals.

When I’m not teaching, I’m usually spending time with my husband and two children. We love going on walks with our labradoodle, Lucy.

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Ash Guzowski

English

I’ve been teaching English and Media Studies to pupils between 11 and 18 years old for more than five years. My career began in rural Cornwall, working with students who often had limited experiences of the world outside the county, and I worked to help them gain a valuable understanding of wider society. From there, my work has taken me to Buckinghamshire and on to Wales.

I am passionate about helping young people to understand and critically engage with the world around them through analysis. My own teaching philosophy is built around creating positive memories – that’s when we remember best. That’s why I always work to make lessons interesting and engaging, while I always strive to adapt my teaching style to suit the students’ needs. I also believe it is really important to emphasise and build on students’ successes, using verbal praise and rewards to help them understand their strengths.

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Sarah B

English

I have a degree in English from the University of London, together with Qualified Teacher Status and a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders, which I finished recently. I have more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher, having worked in state and independent schools, teaching English to all ages from Year 4 to 13.

During my teaching career, I have taught pupils with a wide range of abilities and additional needs, and completed regular training in all aspects of SEN and mental health. I have always been child-centred in my teaching, wanting the best for every child in my lessons.

In my lessons, I aim to equip students with the skills that they need to be able to read, write, speak and think in the modern world. My goal is to introduce them to a world of fantastic literature, inspiring them to be readers for pleasure for life. I feel that online education offers something genuinely different and definitely needed for an increasing number of children who are struggling in other forms of education.

Outside of work, I love walking my dog or enjoying time with my family in the countryside or by the sea. You can also find me reading fiction, watching films or singing with my choir!

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Emma G

English

I have degrees in both Psychology and Professional Writing, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (English, Psychology and Drama). I’ve been teaching since 2006, beginning in Melbourne, where I taught English and Psychology at a high school. I then spent five years teaching in London, before moving to Edinburgh where I taught English at both mainstream and alternative schools.

I’ve spent much of my career in roles focused on pupils with Special Education Needs. For six years I taught students excluded from mainstream education and I also spent two years as a Support for Learning teacher in the Scottish education system. These roles gave me experience of working with young people who had difficulty accessing mainstream education for various reasons, including mental health and other additional support needs. Because of that experience, I’m now extremely sensitive to individual needs and I know just how important is to build relationships with young people, so they feel comfortable in my class and in school as a whole.

I was drawn to My Online Schooling because it offered a chance to get involved in a new way of teaching as part of the future of education, as well as giving me the chance to support young people who have difficulty accessing mainstream education. I have a love for reading and writing, so I’m passionate about sharing it through the medium of English education.

In my spare time, I enjoy writing romantic comedies, reading and eating chocolate-based goods.

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Alison Evans

English

As well as a degree in English and a masters in Victorian Literature, I have a PGCE which gave me Qualified Teacher Status in 2005. My career since then has included roles teaching at primary level and in further education, at a college where I taught GCSE and A level English Language and Literature. I have also worked as a private tutor, tutoring home-educated pupils with a variety of additional needs, as well as working online tutoring students in Asia. I’ve also worked as an exam marker at GCSE and A level for the last 13 years, so I have an expert understanding of how students can improve their grades.

In my lessons I aim to encourage my pupils to engage with the rich variety of literature that we have, and discover a writer or genre that inspires them. I believe that online education is a brilliant tool to give pupils access to an education that may be better suited to their needs.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, the theatre, visiting art galleries, watching movies and walking my two dogs.

Caroline Moore

Caroline Moore

English

My qualifications include a CELTA, Certificate In Education and Degree in Language and Communication. For 3 years, I taught English to mixed ages and abilities in Taiwan and Tunisia where I thoroughly enjoyed engaging the children, teenagers and adults. I have taught English in Further Education for 9 years to pupils aged 14 plus, including ones with additional needs. I am currently also a GCSE examiner, which gives me a detailed insight into the exam board's requirements.

Many of the children and young people I have taught struggled in traditional school for a variety of reasons. This has given me a greater sense of awareness and empathy for those who have difficulties with their mental well-being, and other additional needs. I believe wholeheartedly in viewing things frоm the pupils' perspectives, and developing a strong rapport with them to increase their confidence in English.

My interest in online education increased through working with young people who found the academic and social side of school life to be very challenging. I am extremely passionate about teaching English online as I feel this is now the future of teaching and learning, with its opportunities to enhance the interaction between teacher and pupil without the distractions you’d find in a ‘brick and mortar’ classroom.

My aim is to transfer my high standards of teaching to an online environment and to maximise the English abilities of my students in a comfortable learning environment.

When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, running and keeping fit. I have two children who keep me very busy!

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Jenny Nelson

English, Art, Drama, History, Geography, and Design & Technology

I have been a teacher for the last 13 years, and have an MA degree in Literary Linguistics. I began my career in education teaching for the Open University in the UK, and subsequently transitioned into secondary teaching. During this time I received an award for teaching granted by the South African government in 2012.

My main teaching subjects are iGCSE and A Level English Language and Literature, but I have also taught extensively across Key-stage 3 in a variety of subjects. Previously, I have worked as Head of the English department for four years and I was also appointed Head of Middle School when working in China. 

Together with my husband Gareth, we have taught across China, South Korea, Peru and the UAE. However, we are happiest working here at MOS helping provide an education to young people who aren’t suited to mainstream schooling for whatever reason. 

Julie Gent

Julie Gent

English, Mathematics, History and PSHE

I have achieved BA, PGCE, CertTESOL and QTLS qualifications, and have taught across every stage of education: Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Adult Education. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work in various different parts of the world, including the UK, Spain and the United Arab Emirates in both state and private schools. While in the UK, I worked in the Special Educational Needs department of a state school. I also had the role of pastoral Assistant Headteacher, where my responsibilities included the provision for EAL/ESL pupils and those with Additional Learning Needs. 

I was drawn in by the idea of teaching online, after realising from my teaching experience that mainstream school doesn’t always cater for all pupils. For whatever reason, mainstream education doesn’t always fit all profiles of learner. From a personal point of view, I like the flexibility that being an online teacher gives me. I also feel I have a greater impact on each individual pupil I teach.

My aim is to make a positive difference for the young people I teach. I want them to realise that there is always someone to listen to them and encourage them to achieve their goals. It is important that they realise that with a positive mental attitude and a quality education they can achieve their ambitions.

In my free time, I enjoy walking, reading, keeping fit and travelling.

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Philip Hulson

Mathematics

Throughout my teaching career, I’ve worked at a whole host of different schools – from secondary grammars, secondary comprehensives and comprehensive sixth forms, to primary schools, adult community colleges and alternative provision academies. Across all those different roles, I’ve had the opportunity to teach all kinds of students from all walks of life – I’ve been happy guiding them through the often-bewildering Maths topics they’ve studied as part of their GCSE, iGCSE, 11 plus and A-level education.

My favourite moment as a teacher was when one of my maths students taught me how to play chess. We battled each other every week. When it started, I received a few drubbings, but I learned from every defeat. After every match, he gave me pointers and showed me what I could have done differently and within a term we were evenly matched.

This experience was not only a lot of fun, but a really rewarding and great learning experience. I liked the feeling of making progress, and the fact that I had stepped into the student’s shoes allowing him to be the one to help me develop my skills. It’s something that has stuck with me – I think it's an important perspective that all teachers should take.

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Marianne Kavanagh

French

Bonjour! I am an experienced French teacher, translator and storyteller. Having gained my degree in 1999 and PGCE in 2003, I spent eight years working in both primary and secondary schools in the UK. I also trained in teaching English as a foreign language and have taught adults and children at home and abroad.

More recently, I studied for a masters in translation and have worked as a freelancer on academic, commercial and legal texts. I’ve also brought the two sides of my career together, by training to become a Translation Skills workshop facilitator for The Stephen Spender Trust – going into schools to teach translation skills to primary and secondary aged children.

I am also a storyteller from the oral tradition, so I go to various events and workshops across the UK to tell stories. If you can keep an audience quiet as they listen to a story, you can do the same for a virtual classroom of 15 children!

My focus is very much on keeping language learning fun and fluid, allowing children to explore and express their creativity with language.

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Sarah Imbush

Mathematics

I have been a teacher for 27 years, and spent 16 of these as Head of Faculty. I have also had experience working as a teacher trainer with Canterbury Christchurch University. In my previous teaching experience at schools, I never taught the same year twice. I alway enjoy feeding off the energy of the pupils to try new ideas which they suggest and work collaboratively with them in shaping their lessons.

Throughout my teaching career, I have facilitated evening peer mentoring, created videos with my pupils of songs reworked with Maths lyrics to help them remember, and made an effort to champion girls learning Maths. The latter involved me inviting an ex-pupil of mine to speak at my previous school every year to girls taking Maths. In addition to this, I have also had the pleasure of receiving a silver award for Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2015.

Having worked in schools for so many years, I’ve had the privilege of helping pupils in my classes with mental health issues. I also have some idea from personal experience and in my close family of how challenging it is to live with a physical or mental illness. I have since retired from my role as a mainstream school teacher, however I wanted to continue to teach at the same time as travelling. With online teaching, I have enjoyed the chance to reach out to and support pupils who are unable to attend traditional school. My goal is to help my pupils develop confidence and self belief to achieve their aspirations.

When I’m not in the virtual classroom, you’ll find me walking my labradors Custard and Treacle. I also love going to aquafit at the local pool, crocheting, reading, practicing yoga and travelling in my VW camper van!

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Gareth Nelson

Maths, History, Geography, Economics and Citizenship

Before I became a teacher, I had a career running my own successful businesses from London and Belfast. Then in 2013, I decided to follow my wife into education and began retraining.

Changing careers to teaching has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. I love helping pupils achieve their full potential – I live for that light-bulb moment when pupils finally understand a topic or concept. Although my main teaching subjects are in the commerce areas, I also have a lot of experience teaching KS3 maths and humanities.

Over the course of my teaching career, I’ve had roles in the UK, South Korea, China, Peru and the UAE, from primary and secondary up to university level. Now, as part of My Online Schooling, I’m passionate about online education and the opportunities it offer both teachers and students.

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Anna Kirwan

Mathematics

I have an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, and obtained my PGCE in Secondary Mathematics in 1999. Since then, I have taught in a range of educational establishments, teaching and mentoring pupils over many different mathematical qualifications at varying levels. Since 2005, I have worked as a GCSE Examiner in both Mathematics and Statistics. As a teacher, I make it my priority to always make sure that I am aware of all my pupils’ needs. I do this by ensuring I am up to date with the relevant training, and always approach every child as an individual.

I feel that online schooling is an exciting new aspect of education that is growing at the moment, and I am excited to be a part of it. Through my teaching, I hope to make a positive difference in my pupils’ experience of learning Maths.

Outside of the classroom, I love spending time with my family.

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Lauren Galligan

Science

After I graduated with a masters in Chemistry, I spent some time working in research before I went on to complete my PGCE. My love for Science lies primarily with the environment and energy generation. In my view, it is important for young people to have a well-rounded understanding of the main scientific issues that are flooding the news, such as climate change and drug development – to name just a few.

I see teaching as a chance to inspire students to actively learn about new developments within Science all over the world and to get involved in their own individual ways. I love to get my students to take part in group discussions and to foster their enthusiasm for topics they are passionate about.

Promoting equal opportunities for all my pupils is something that’s particularly important to me. My ultimate aim when it comes to teaching is to stimulate and provide pathways for all pupils to achieve their full potential.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy arts and crafts, dance and being with animals. I’m currently learning to speak French and to play the guitar too!

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Dr Thea Davies

Science

Having spent many fantastic years working as a research scientist, and after becoming a parent, I decided my future lay in education and I trained to become a biology lecturer. So, since 2006, I’ve taught science and maths at primary and secondary schools, in further education colleges and in university. Today, as well as working with My Online Schooling, I also work part-time with Cardiff University.

I spent eight years working at the University of South Wales, where I taught on the Initial Teacher Training Secondary Science programme – experience that gave me a real insight into the most effective teaching strategies in secondary science education.

I also have a wealth of experience working with children and adults with additional learning support needs, and I also spent many years working with learners who may need support accessing education as a result of physical disabilities.

I live with my family in the Wye Valley, on the English-Welsh border. I enjoy spending time in the countryside with my children and dogs.

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Elyse Horner

Science

My teaching career started off in France for a few months, before I began a full-time role in Canada, which is where I studied – I have a degree in Physical Education from the University of Winnipeg, as well as a degree in Kinesiology and Applied Health, and a Bachelor of Education.

During my time teaching, I’ve coached athletics and volleyball for many years. I’ve also set up houses in KS3 and was House Leader and Head of Year at my school in Canada for 4 years.

I have a lot of experience working alongside families and social workers, developing and implementing individual learning plans for students with learning, social, mental and behavioural needs, as well as students that need safety plans. It’s experience that gives me an in-depth understanding of the importance of holistic teaching. And it’s why I work so hard to create a safe, relaxed and positive environment that fosters mutual respect amongst pupils.

I love the flexibility for pupils and families that online schooling provides. It may be unconventional, but it’s an effective method of teaching. My aim is to encourage pupils in their development, paving the way to help them grow in confidence and flourish as learners.

When I’m not teaching, you can find me drinking and selling coffee at a coffee shop in York, travelling and playing music with my husband.

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Emily Peters

Science

I began training to teach in 2015, and started teaching on the Salaried School Direct course at LJMU in Liverpool, which was really interesting as I was able to learn on the job. I found the hands-on approach to learning really beneficial - as they say, you can't learn to swim by reading a book! I still believe in "learning by doing" which I use in the classroom regularly. I also taught for a year on the Isle of Man before moving back to a school in Liverpool.

My first degree was a BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography, which involved the physics of the sea. It interested me as I am very passionate about the environment. Eventually I became more interested in physics, and began to re-train when I started my teaching course. I gained my Physics PGCE in 2017. Now, I am finishing my masters, an MSc in Space and Technology. One day I would love to have a PhD in Physics!

I'm well trained to help a variety of SEN and EAL needs. In addition, I'm very empathetic and have a good understanding of mental health conditions. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of teaching online, and the small intimate class sizes. As somebody who suffers with a chronic illness, I understand that working to a more relaxed timetable in the comfort of your own home can really help you to stay calm and do your best. 

As an advocate of STEM and WISE, I hope to inspire the next generation to consider a career in science or technology, especially young women who are hugely under-represented in many areas of science.

Outside the classroom, you can usually find me walking dogs and enjoying nature, playing the guitar or enjoying a video game. I have been learning to code and one day plan to finish making my very own game!

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Dr Shani Michel

Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics)

I have an MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience (1st Class Honors) from the University of Birmingham, a PhD researching into luminescent probes for solar energy at the University of Birmingham, and a PGCE from Warwick University.

I began my teaching career in Coventry, teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics to mixed ability pupils aged between 11 and 18. During this time, I was involved in planning and delivering engaging and challenging lessons and design of long term schemes of learning for various curricula. I also have experience working in an SEN school and I have acted as a mentor for various pupils, including some with anxiety and poor mental health.

Throughout my career in education, I have been an ambassador for extracurricular experience in Science, organising careers talks by local companies, science workshops and trips, Science Spelling Bee Competition, Top of the Bench Chemistry Competition and the CREST Award for pupils. I was the founder of the schools Science Student Leaders Programme, which prepares pupils for studying Science at university through running activities and research projects to improve their skills and critical thinking.

I now live in Germany with my husband. I was drawn to teaching online because I really wanted to continue teaching the British curriculum to pupils despite living overseas. As you can probably already tell, I am passionate about Science - my aim is to inspire the next generation of scientific researchers through my teaching.

In my spare time, I love to explore new places around Europe. My favourite place in the world is the Alps.

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Emma Thompson

Science

I have a BSc in Biology, a PGCE and a Master’s Degree in Education. I also have my Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification. I have 7 years’ teaching experience, mostly as a high school Science teacher, however I have also had experience teaching both online and classroom Maths and ESL teaching. I also had an amazing year teaching English as a Second Language in Vietnam.

Throughout my 6 years’ teaching in high schools, I taught high proportions of SEN pupils, and pupils experiencing different challenges with their mental health. I also spent a year volunteering at a SEN school before I began my teacher training. During my time as a high school teacher, I was promoted to Able, Gifted and Talented Student Coordinator. Over the course of my teaching career, I’ve also enjoyed running after-school gardening clubs and tutoring both GCSE Science and A-Level Biology. 

I’ve found that teaching online provides the unique opportunity to be able to focus more fully on teaching and learning, eliminating most of the distractions I was used to experiencing in physical schools. My primary goal in the virtual classroom is to help build my pupils’ confidence in their own abilities, and spark a curiosity and love for Science. 

In my own time, I enjoy spending time outdoors, or indoors learning a new type of craft.

Mariet Cheetham

Mariet Cheetham

Computer Science

My education journey started in sunny South Africa, where I went to school and University. I then worked there for a few years in a Primary School, where I set up a computer lab. In classes and after school clubs, I taught the pupils basic IT skills, then in the evening I taught adults an IT course.

As well as my Qualified Teacher Status, I have a degree in Post School Education and another in Office Management and Technology. I have a real passion for Computer Science, as I feel it is such an important skill to have, especially in this day and age. As Steve Jobs once said: "everybody should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think."

In 2005, I embarked on my journey to work in England as an IT teacher. In the time since, I've worked in a variety of schools and colleges, teaching IT, Business Studies, Computer Science and Maths. After 13 years of teaching in mainstream schools, I have worked with a variety of different pupils, all with their own unique needs. I have learned how to adapt my teaching to suit my pupils needs and try to build lessons that will engage and challenge them but most of all be relevant.

My job as a teacher is to enable my pupils to think and challenge themselves. The idea that I can be part of the educational journey for a pupil that can't attend a traditional school is amazing. My aim is to give my pupils possibilities, self belief and the skills to solve problems. Working for My Online Schooling also lets me to work around my busy family life.

In my spare time, I love learning new programming and software skills. I also like spending time running, walking and growing my own vegetables.

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Victoria Downes

History

My career in education began more than 20 years ago, when I completed a BTEC Diploma and found a role as an Early Years Practitioner in a Private Day Nursery, teaching the Foundation Stage Curriculum. There, I really enjoyed planning the activities for children – giving them the opportunity to have new experiences and learn through play.

After I relocated to Staffordshire a few years later, I worked in a Primary School as an Early Years Practitioner and HLTA. It was a role that helped me build an in-depth understanding of the primary curriculum and the innovative ways classes can be taught to engage children of all ages.

From there, I decided to broaden my horizons, so studied for an Honours in Education Studies, graduating in 2010. Since then, I’ve worked in a variety of educational settings, including secondary schools and FE colleges.

I have a passion for both teaching and learning, so I dedicate much of my spare time to working with a local charity writing and delivering courses. In 2016, I gained multiple awards for my commitment to charity work, and for improving lives through education.

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Michaela Wright

History

I have a BA honours degree in History. I am a recently qualified teacher who graduated with a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS. I have one year experience working in the classroom and I have 3 years’ experience in tutoring.

In my lessons, I aim to ensure that my pupils can make excellent progress in their learning through my effective formative and summative assessment knowledge and skills. I am able to push children to become independent and critical learners through facilitating their learning, while also making adjustments for pupils who need extra support. My priority is to make sure that my classroom is a positive and fun learning environment so children feel comfortable to engage. 

During my role as a classroom teacher, I was able to see for myself the barriers in learning some children face. As the teacher, I myself also faced challenges because at times I was unable to teach the fun and engaging lessons because of issues within the classroom. I chose to teach online because I believe this greatly diminishes the barriers that often occur in mainstream classrooms, and I can focus on effective and engaging teaching and ensuring that my pupils progress. My goal is to give pupils as many learning opportunities and experiences as possible in order to engage, motivate and prepare them for their futures.

When I’m not teaching lessons, one of my favourite things to do is going to different restaurants and eating foods from different cultures. I also enjoy travelling.

 

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Sam Palmer

Geography, Citizenship, PSHE

While I teach both Geography and English as a Second Language, Geography is my first passion. It began around 15 years ago, when I was introduced to speleology – the study of caves – and I soon became a cave mine leader, instructing groups around local cave systems.

After I graduated in Geography from Bath Spa University, I moved to Spain and trained as a teacher, achieving my Professional Graduate in Education in 2009. There, I taught English for the Spanish Military and for businesses like Santander and Siemens, before I joined Dexway, a specialist in language education that help thousands of people learn new languages. I also completed an English teaching certificate and submitted my dissertation to the speleology journal Cave.

Now, with My Online Schooling, I like to bring a creative style into the classroom, finding interesting ways to help pupils engage with Geography. In my classes, pupils have been asked to “Bake their States” in a module on the USA, while older students have explored sampling strategies using Smarties. Above all, my aim is to make pupils feel comfortable and supported in an environment where they can express themselves while growing in confidence and ability.

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Cassandra Harrison

Art

I received my teaching and art education in the USA. My art teaching degree covers pupils primary through to high school. I taught primary school in Kansas City and loved it. When I  moved to the UK, I realised that there weren't many art teaching jobs in primary schools. What a shame as this is such an important and fun subject for children. Children learn through play and creating art is a form of play.

My experience in art includes exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh in several open exhibitions, taking on clients such as DECIEM (creating art and getting involved in launch events), private commissions and commissions for small businesses. I also sell my prints in local shops. My work was recently published in the Edinburgh Art Book, highlighting artists' perspectives on this gorgeous city. I have had teaching experience working in a special needs school and have also had training as part of my training towards my degree in Art Education. As I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, I also have classroom experience as guidance for working in different situations.

I found the idea of teaching online intriguing - the idea of connecting with people beyond my city fascinates me. I also understand that not everyone thrives in a traditional classroom setting and thought perhaps I could bring my art teaching flare to this online community. Learning how to make art and learning about art gives people a broader experience of life. I aim to make it accessible to everyone.

When I am not teaching I am usually found toting my sketchbook and pens around the place. I often draw my daughter as I try to capture all her stages as she grows up. I also like exploring the country where I live and always look forward to holidays abroad. 

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Carlos Ortuño

Spanish

¡Hola! I’ve been teaching more than almost 10 years, both online and at various schools, both in Spain and the UK. I got my first taste of teaching when I was studying Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Murcia – I did part of my degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, where I first taught Spanish as a foreign language.

From there, I gained my Qualified Teacher Status in London, then found the opportunity to be a scholar with the British Council, working to promote language learning in the UK. Since then, I’ve also taught Italian and English as a foreign language too. As someone who loves learning languages, I can see the learning process from my students’ perspective, which really informs the way I teach. I focus on developing their main language skills, helping them find ways to express their ideas, while trying to awaken their interest in Spanish culture.

I’m always looking to drive my own professional development – I think it’s vital for any teacher. So, I’m not only a member of various language learning associations, but I’m also studying a masters in Online and Distance Learning with the Open University and I’m doing further training to teach English as a second language. It’s all helping become a better teacher, finding new methods and approaches for my role with My Online Schooling.

When I’m not teaching – and when I’m not learning languages myself – I love to spend time in nature, as well as travelling and listening to music.

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Isolde Cragg

French & German

I completed an undergraduate degree at Brighton University in BA Hons in German & Business Studies in 2003. After that, all I knew was that I wanted to travel so went to Japan and started teaching English as a Foreign Language to children from 3-18 years of age. After that, I spent some time in Europe teaching English to children and adults. In 2009 I decided I wanted to become a qualified teacher, so completed my PGCE at Goldsmiths University London, specialising in Modern Foreign Languages. I have now been teaching for 9 years in many different educational settings. I also tutor pupils one-to-one after school, as well as adults in conversational French and German.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have come across many different pupils with learning difficulties (dyslexia, dysplasia, ADHD,) and mental health issues such as anxiety. I have a calm, positive and gentle approach and varied teaching methods to get the best out of my pupils.

One of the major benefits of teaching online, for me, is the flexibility. Now that I have two children, it’s important to me to be able to spend more time with my family while continuing to fulfil my passion for teaching. My priority for my pupils is for them to enjoy their learning. I aim to guide them through their learning journey in an engaging and fulfilling way and become confident members of society.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going for walks on the South Downs,  visiting farms and cycling. I also enjoy baking, yoga, swimming and Zumba to dance my cares away!

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Parissa Card

French & Spanish

I am a qualified and experienced ex-Head of Department, Head of Year, Principal Examiner for OCR, Student Mentor (for future generations of teachers), and Private Tutor educating children and adults for the past 20 years. I have a Post certificate in Education (MFL) and a BA (1st) French Literature and Linguistics. I have recently set up my own language tutoring Facebook page called Superlingo, and I teach French, Spanish, and Persian from Year 4 upwards.

As a Head of Year for 210 students, I was responsible for pastoral care, and their academic progress. I was also involved in planning and presenting CPD sessions to colleagues regarding differentiation, behaviour management, and pace & challenge, which are all important when teaching students with different backgrounds. After teaching for 20 years in the classroom environment, I decided to take a new route, and I chose online teaching as it was a new experience, and there were fewer disruptions and more concentration on teaching.

As a polyglot able to speak 5 languages fluently, and 3 others at a variety of levels, I would like to share my passion and enthusiasm for languages with my pupils and transform their language learning journey into a positive and rewarding experience.

I my own time, you’ll find me learning Turkish, concentrating on my own business, browsing the web for new teaching ideas, reading educational blogs, shopping, mosaic art, and spending time with my dogs, Bailey and Maisie.

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Andrew Lowe

Latin

It was at secondary school that I first discovered my love Latin and the Classics. I was lucky enough to have some outstanding teachers who encouraged me to further my studies of Classics up to university level. There, I graduated with a BA in 2012, and a postgrad diploma in 2014 – which I converted into a masters in 2018.

I first started teaching at a sixth form college in 2013, teaching Classical Civilisation at A Level. Since then, as well as teaching, I have examined for both major exam boards – giving me an invaluable insight into what markers are looking for from pupils. Now, I’m delighted to be bringing Latin teaching into the 21stcentury with My Online Schooling.

Outside the (virtual) classroom, I’m fortunate enough to live in a place within easy reach of the countryside and the Pennines, so you can often find me walking in the local area. Although, I have to confess, I’m a bit of a fair-weather walker!