Each term we ask members of staff a few light-hearted questions about themselves so that friends of St Mary's School, Cambridge can get to know our team a bit better. Enjoy reading about our members of staff by clicking on each link below.
Director of Music
What was your favourite subject at school? Music was my favourite subject but Italian came a close second!
Why did you decide to become a teacher? Despite studying for a degree which would seem to point quite clearly in the direction of teaching (I read Music and Education Studies at the University of Cambridge), as a student I was quite open-minded about which career path to follow, and I was curious to try out different things. During my second year of university I was fortunate enough to be offered an internship working in the marketing team of a global cosmetics company, which I thought sounded impossibly glamorous and exciting but, alas, it didn't suit me one bit – I spent quite a lonely summer in an office analysing sales figures.
The experience taught me three things: I wasn't suited to working in an office environment (I got told off for being too loud a couple of times!); I wanted a people-centred career where I could build relationships with others; and one shouldn't choose one's career based on the incentive of free samples of high-end shampoo...
What’s your favourite thing about working at St Mary’s School, Cambridge? Our school is such a supportive, caring and fun place to work. I love getting to know students as they progress through the school and watching their confidence grow as they discover who they want to be. I also consider myself very lucky to be surrounded by a great team of ‘frolleagues’ (friends who are colleagues) who I can turn to for advice as well as entertainment!
Favourite things! What's your all-time favourite…
Book: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) – Elizabeth Bennet is such a great heroine.
Film: Hmmm... Probably Four Weddings and a Funeral. I've seen it so many times I know much of the dialogue by heart!
Joke: I like a silly one-liner, like ‘Slept like a log last night... woke up in the fireplace’. I also love wordplay, and you can't beat a good pun. Two slightly music-related Christmassy ones I like are:
Q: How does King Wenceslas like his pizza?
A: Deep-pan, crisp, and even.
A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
''But why?'' they asked, as they moved off.
''Because,'' he said ''I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.''
Who inspires you? My parents; they are both very clever, hard-working people and I always strive to make them proud.
What’s your favourite hobby? I enjoy running, singing, knitting, baking (and eating baked goods) – but not all at the same time.
What is your favourite type of music? I enjoy a huge range of music, some classical, some pop, some jazz.
Where has been your favourite holiday so far? I adore Italy and go there often. There's so much art and history to see and the food is wonderful! In my experience it's quite difficult to eat badly in Italy as everything is fresh and made from scratch. Venice is my all-time favourite city, it's like a 16th century film set, but I also love the rugged, unspoilt beauty of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, in North West Italy, which I visited a couple of years ago. Like Venice, it's a world heritage site.
What’s your worst habit? I am not sure which one to choose!
Team trivia: (without looking it up) who teamed up with Nancy Sinatra for the 1971 hit 'Did You Ever'? I have no idea! [The correct answer would have been Lee Hazlewood]