Meet the team
I am a teacher with twenty two years experience, in Georgia and New York, U.S.A. and the United Kingdom. Most recently I have worked as a curriculum leader and teacher mentor for her school in Norfolk UK.
My passions for inclusive and diversified learning was ignited when I participated in an Identity and Diversity course. This led to creating working groups for teachers within my local area focusing on anti-racism and the curriculum. I have has run several working groups and have now become the BAMEed Representative for Norfolk, part of BAMEed Eastern Region.
I have a Masters of Teaching from the Institute of Education in London and a bachelor of science in early childhood education with a concentration in Black History from the State University of New York.
I currently work as Deputy Headteacher at St. Mary’s, Prittlewell, C of E Primary School in Southend with responsibility for Curriculum, English and Assessment. For the past four years, I have also worked as an SLE for the South Essex Teaching School Alliance supporting schools with teaching and learning and running Middle Leadership programmes.
During the 2018/19 academic year, I took part in the Church School Leadership programme. I found this experience highly rewarding and it led me to researching the issues surrounding the lack of BAME school leaders in the UK. Since this, I have taken my work further and have run sessions for teachers about identity and diversity within schools and the school curriculum and I have become the BAMEed representative for South Essex, part of the BAMEed Eastern Region.
I have just finished leading an Ethnic Leadership programme for eleven teachers from across Essex with DFE Equality and Diversity funding and last term I worked with the BAMEed representative from Norfolk on a pilot programme for teachers focusing on anti-racism and the curriculum.
I am very excited to be a member of both the Chelmsford Board of Education and the diocese Racial Justice Task and Finish Group. These roles, along with my other work, have enabled me to work alongside others to begin making changes that are necessary to ensure that all our children have the chance to be represented; that the diversity of our families is celebrated and that the differences people bring are valued.
In 2010 after a successful but ultimately unfulfilling career in retail management I decided to follow my passion for education by enrolling in a BA in Educational Studies at the University of East Anglia. In 2014 after completing my PGCE I started working in a school in Suffolk. I am currently working at Dussindale Primary School in Norwich as a Reception teacher and PE subject leader.
The death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement put into stark relief the privilege that has been afforded me throughout my life. As someone who is action orientated I wanted to not only educate myself but to use my role as an educator of young children to make sustainable change within the education profession.
I joined the BAMEed Eastern Region in August 2020 and since then have participated in Diversity and Inclusion working group in the Eastern Region as well as engaging with anti-racist and curriculum CPD focused on the Early Years. I am currently working with the governors, SLT and staff in my own school to develop a diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment.