Born 1962, qualified as a teacher in 1990. Lived and worked in Merton ever since. I led a successful parent campaign to improve school food in 2005, which resulted in me winning a Sheila McKechnie award and being appointed to the School Food Trust. From 2006 I combined teaching with a campaigning job for Children’s Food Campaign. I helped set up Merton Welcomes Refugees. I teach Music at St Teresa’s and for the remarkable music education charity Merton Music Foundation.
By the time children finish at Primary school they will have written stories, poems, factual accounts, autobiographies essays and plays. But their own song? Hmm, possibly not. It just seems too difficult, too personal and, for many years, way beyond my comfort zone! And yet I’m aware children know hundreds and hundreds of songs. Their whole lives are wrapped in sound, from early nursery rhymes to the latest chart hits. Access to YouTube means that they don’t have to step outside to access songs and music from the whole world over.