What made you want to be a head teacher?
I always liked to be in charge, even as a child I would try and be the boss, although it never worked as my ideas were always a bit zany. Nothing really changes I suppose. But the real reason I wanted to be a head teacher was to help prepare children for those first steps towards independence from home and to make those steps a little less scary for all the children in my care. A little fun and laughter make children want to learn and I thought by being in charge of a school I could better ensure that happens on a daily basis. Also I really wanted to have Lego in my office and being in charge seemed to be a good way of achieving that goal.
Who was your favourite teacher at school?
A teacher called Mrs Caplin. She liked that I held the door open for her and thought I was very polite. She also had a great sense of humour that made me laugh all the time.
What is your favourite food?
Cheeseburgers, not the fast food type but a real meaty burger. Topped with pickles, strong cheese, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, onions (not fried but raw), tomato and served in a sesame seed bun…..perfection. Oh and I am quite partial to chocolate covered Turkish delight.
What is your favourite book?
That is a hard question to answer so I will cheat a bit and pick a few. Well, the first book I properly read and remember loving was The Hobbit and I have a few Gandalf figures in my office if you look carefully enough. I enjoy revisiting Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and look forward to reading it to my children soon. I loved the illustrations and the strange language. My favourite picture book is Where the Wild Things Are, I can still see all the monsters dangling from trees. That book was very special to me because it is the first book I got out of a library that I had chosen, it was my pick and that made it magical for me. A few others I really enjoy are: The Witches and Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton, Watership Down by Richard Adams (a book guaranteed to make you cry) and The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
If you were a Disney character which one would you be?
Easy, Goofy every time. He was my favourite as a kid and he is sort of forgotten now as he isn’t seen very much these days. I used to love his yell when he fell off something. Plus, everyone should be a little bit of a goof sometime. I haven’t got a Goofy for my office yet but I must start looking for one.