Further Education qualification(s): Diploma in Acting, LAMDA
What qualities do you need to work at Dallington?
Creativity, flexibility, fearlessness, to be unrestrained and have the ability to listen to others and have the belief that we all have something new to learn every day of our lives and it could be from the youngest child at the school.
What is unique about Dallington?
We are a truly non-selective and independent family-run school. Mogg’s unerring belief to always act in the best interests of the child pervades the school. We care for the whole family. We have a school dog, Dusty.
How many years have you been working with children and how many of those have been at Dallington?
I started working as an assistant at Dallington in 1994. I was a Childline counsellor for 10 years.
What do you hope to imbue in the children?
A love of expression through song and performance.
What do you like to teach most?
Songs and an enthusiasm for music.
What are your interests and how do they impact on your time with the children?
Songwriting, acting, playing music, performance. They impact positively, I hope!
Who or what inspires you?
Mogg, my children, my dog Dusty, Otis Redding, Nina Simone...I could go on...
What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
I’m doing it now.
Tell us a funny children’s anecdote.
My Dad who set up Dallington with Mogg and helped run the school for many years was called ‘Evan’ and the nursery children always called him ‘Heaven’. He was my wonderful Dad so it felt apt to me!
If you had a wish, what would it be?
I wish I’d seen Otis Redding play live.