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.
Art and Design teacher
What was your favourite subject at school? I enjoyed most subjects at school but absolutely loved Art.
When did you decide to become a teacher? After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration I worked as a freelance illustrator for a couple of years. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to paint all the time but I found that I missed being part of a larger creative environment. In 2003 I gained a PGCE in Teaching Art and Design in Secondary Schools, to enable me to share my love for the subject as an Art and Design teacher.
What’s your favourite thing about working at St Mary’s School, Cambridge? I was attracted to working at this school because the Art department has such an impressive offering, and my favourite aspect of the job is working with the students here.
Favourite things! What's your all-time favourite…
Book: All of Agatha Christie’s books (I sincerely believe I am Miss Marple).
Film: Delicatessen by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. I remember crying with laughter while watching it with my Dad.
Joke: Q: Why was the maths book sad?
A: Because it had so many problems …
Recipe: Empire roast chicken; a fusion between a traditional Sunday roast and Indian cuisine.
Band: O.A.R – an American band who lift my soul every time I hear them.
Hobby: Drawing and painting!
What inspires you? Discovering new artists and designers who make me re-evaluate my own practice.
Where has been your favourite holiday? I took a gap year before doing my degree and went inter-railing around Europe with my best buddy. It was brilliant.
What’s your worst habit? Buying pots just because they look pretty, even when they serve no purpose.
Team trivia: (without looking it up) who said: 'If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman'? Margaret Thatcher [correct answer from Miss McEwan]