Claire's vision for education is that all students will be inspired to learn for the beauty and enjoyment of learning itself. She believes that, with a 'growth mindset', all children are capable of success in whatever they choose to study. Her main goal in teaching is to help students discover and develop their own skills, talents and passions in life, and embrace them wholeheartedly.
Claire studied for her Bachelors degree at the University of Leicester and chose Geography because she wanted to learn about the whole world rather than one little part of life. She then went on to do a PGCE before embarking on a range of different post-graduate courses in English (TEFL) and History. She is currently studying part-time towards an MA.
Claire moved back to the UK two years ago following three years working, as Head of the Humanities Department, at the United World College in Maastricht, where she taught IB Diploma History and Geography as well as IB MYP Humanities. At Halcyon, she teaches IB Geography, IB Environmental Systems and Societies and MYP Humanities. She has experience supervising Extended Essays and Personal Projects, as well as a variety of CAS activities. She is currently an IB examiner for Geography and World Studies Extended Essays. She is involved in many local community projects and believes that education should extend well beyond the classroom - for both students and teachers.
Claire also believes that learning shouldn't be classified into specific areas, but should be approached holistically and by integrating all different ideas, which is why she likes teaching within the IB system. She has a very global outlook, both in education and in life and likes to travel a lot.