Steph has been enjoying teaching for nearly 17 years. She particularly enjoys the creative side of teaching and loves thinking on her feet while helping children to gain the most they can from each lesson. Steph began her career as a specialist in early years education, working with reception aged children and made quite a leap from there to teaching secondary music. She has spent the majority of her career working with primary aged children and has worked in over 150 schools during her time as a supply teacher. This means she has worked with literally thousands of children. Steph has always worked towards creating lessons which encourage children to be individuals and she works hard to ensure each child receives individual attention and focus from her. She is very much enjoying working with the children at Oxford Education Online because small class sizes and the enthusiasm of the children to learn, means that lessons are always dynamic and heavily influenced by the student learning journey.
For art, online lessons work well because the cameras can be set up in such a way that the teacher can watch the children creating their art and help them to stretch their thinking and skills as appropriate. Steph aims for lessons to be fun and engaging but with a particular focus on allowing children to develop life skills. This includes things such as decision making, valuing their own ideas and work, trusting their own judgement and evaluating their own art. Steph also aims to expand children’s knowledge of different people and cultures as well as the huge variety of artistic expression in the world.
In her spare time Steph loves to develop her own art skills and very much enjoys experimenting with new and different mediums. At the moment she is focusing on watercolour painting, but she also enjoys collage and printing. She also loves yoga and practices most days. Above all she loves getting out and about in nature.