“ Education will open doors for you” is a statement that I say frequently to my students. It certainly did for me and gave me opportunities I never dreamed were possible. I was born in the United Kingdom in the city of Liverpool (famous for its football team and for being the home of The Beatles) and was fortunate to have teachers who both inspired and encouraged me to become a better person, to aim high and to succeed.
Before arriving here, I taught in London for nearly twenty years and then had the opportunity through the Department of Education’s International Program to teach in the United States. As a result of my education, another open door was being opened to me. This is my fourteenth year teaching in New York. What is my aim, my goal for all of my students? I want them to be better readers, better writers and better thinkers. I want them all to grasp the importance of their education and to show them that, like it did for me, education can change your life.