I am a research scientist with 14 years experience in working in science. I have a degree in chemistry, a masters in physics and a PhD in chemistry.
I have recently decided to change career and embark on a PGCE to teach secondary science. I love talking about science and teaching it to others. I recently gave talks about my research to the public and in schools. This was a fantastic experience and really inspired me to become a teacher.
Throughout my research career I have always worked with students on their research projects. Teaching them about the science they will be researching. One of my most challenging but also most rewarding mentoring projects was while I was a researcher at Duke University (USA). For two summers I managed deaf students during the summer long research experience for undergraduates program. Teaching the students about the research project without being able to speak was challenging but very rewarding.