Story so far: After doing many many other jobs I qualified as an I.T. teacher in 2000, and then took a year out for professional development in 2003 to do a Master’s Degree in computing. Unfortunately, three weeks into the course I was walking to the shops for some teabags when I got squashed by a car which broke my right shoulder, elbow, tibia, fibula, both knees, pelvis, and three bones in my left foot.
However, I have always been interested in crafting as a hobby, so while I recovered from my injuries I used crafts as ‘occupational therapy’, and started to write articles for specialist craft magazines. At the same time, I undertook an MA in Creative and Critical Writing.
In 2011 I finally finished the MSc computing course I’d started in 2003, then completely ignored it and took a giant leap into the unknown by buying a laser cutter and starting up a craft business.
So now I am an author, craftsperson and business owner, and enjoying the adventure. Wish me luck!
2020 Update : As of September 2019 I am now building on all of the above experiences, and have started on a Doctorate in Education Studies. The focus of my research will be to study children’s participation in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering & maths) … especially via the ‘STEAM’ route (i.e. incorporating arts/crafts).
Over the next couple of years I’m hoping to:
- Research and share a load of free STEM resources – especially for primary school teachers
- Gather information from UK primary school teachers about how they deliver the subject of Design & Technology
- Study existing links between primary schools and local ‘Maker Movement’ groups, museums, coding clubs etc…
- Research and report ‘best practice’ models of delivering STE(A)M content via the current UK National Curriculum