Since 2001 Dean has worked in a number of international schools as a teacher, head of department and senior manager. Dean has taught in the British system in the UK and Spain as well as the IB system in China. Dean has a BSc in Mathematics and Business Administration from Aston University and a PGCE in Mathematics from Warwick University.  

In his spare time Dean likes to develop his own educational resources and is a published author for TeachIt Maths and TES resources. Dean is also a keen cyclist and has completed a number of cycle tours across Europe and Asia.

Dean has kindly taken the time to answer a few more questions for us:

How did you get into teaching?

Originally, I had no plans to become a teacher, but I did some volunteer teaching whilst at university and then spent a year teaching in Jamaica after graduating from university.

Tell us a little about your time as a teacher?

I started teaching at a state school in Birmingham. Since then I have worked in international schools in Spain and China teaching the UK and IB syllabus.

What do you enjoy most about being a teacher?

I like the instant feedback you get from students. I think it is much easier to see the impact that you can make as a teacher as opposed to other professions.

What do you enjoy most about Phoenix College?

I have to say that the students here at Phoenix College are amazing and it is a pleasure to teach them. I have worked with Kirsty, Jim, Alex, Nicola and Ruth previously and it is great to be part of such a supportive and professional team.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Go to university. I was not convinced it was the best thing to do but it opens up opportunities that you may not yet be aware of.

If you were on a desert island and you could have three items with you, what would you choose?

A big book of sudoku puzzles, a coffee machine and some suntan lotion.

What is your ultimate, go to gadget or app?

I do quite a lot of cycling and when I get lost (sometimes) Google Maps comes to my rescue.

If you could have dinner with two famous people (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

I would choose to have dinner with people I already know so that I am guaranteed to have a good time.

Three words that best describe you:

Organised, fair and cautious.

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