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Meet our 23 Geography teachers

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Emmeline Adamson

Secondary Geography

I am currently a Head of Geography at a school in Manchester. I have loved Geography since I took it at A Level, and went on to study Physical Geography at Lancaster University. After that I really wanted to share this amazing subject, so went into my teacher training. Geography really is amazing, as it is all around us! Learning Geography means understanding our world, how it impacts us as well as how we impact it. In my spare time I love exploring the outdoors and camping, especially the Peak District, Lake District and the Cornish coast.

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Tom Barber

Secondary & Primary Geography, History

I am currently a history teacher working with pupils in years 7 - 13. Before working in education I spent seven years working with the NHS and since then have taught pupils history and geography between the ages of 10 - 18. My favourite part of my job is being able to speak about so many interesting topics and making learning a joyful experience for pupils.

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Hamish Burton

Secondary Geography

I am Head of Geography at a comprehensive in Oxfordshire. Whilst it is surely the obligation of any geography teacher to assert the relevance of their subject in today’s world, I believe that now, more than ever, is a vital time to be studying geography, and that study of the subject can have a deep and transformative effect on young people. It gives students the opportunity to discover their wider world and encourages genuine curiosity of both places and ideas. When not teaching, I am a keen traveller to wild and remote places, particularly the west coast of Ireland.

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Michael Chiles

Secondary Geography

I am currently a Geography Lead and Trust Lead working at a 11-18 academy in the north west of England. I have been teaching geography for 10 years now and I enjoy sharing the awe and wonder of our changing world. One of my favourite topics to teach is coastal landscapes.

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Miss Dubas

Secondary Geography

I currently teach Geography to students from Year 7 to Year 13 at a wonderful school in Leeds. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the subject I adore and supporting students to reach their full potential. There is no better job in the world!

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Sally Earthrowl

Secondary Geography

I am currently an expedition leader, running all-female sailing voyages to carry out scientific research into plastic pollution. As part of this role, I utilise my 12-years experience as a Geography teacher in the UK and Indonesia, to facilitate outreach and education session with students from all around the world. My favourite part of teaching is bringing Geography to life. The world is a pretty amazing place and it becomes even more awe-inspiring when we understand how it works. Having lived in a volcanically active zone, teaching the Plate Tectonics unit at KS3 for Oak Academy was a particular joy!

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Simon Foster

Secondary Geography

I am currently Head of Geography and Head of Year 11 at a secondary school in Swindon. I have been teaching Geography since 2005, and have loved (almost) every minute of it! My career highlight prior to being invited to make lessons for Oak was probably being trapped on a year 10 trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy by the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland in 2010. The reason I continue to teach Geography is brilliantly (albeit terrifyingly) summed up by writer and TV presenter Nicholas Crane: Geography is central to the survival of humanity.

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Miss Goacher

Secondary Geography

I have been teaching Geography for 10 years, and been leading our amazing department for the last 3 years. I love to share my enjoyment and love of Geography with my students, and to see how a great knowledge of the world and its systems can change perceptions and open eyes.

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Charlotte Grocott

Secondary Geography

I am currently a teacher in a secondary school in Barnsley. I am originally from Stoke-on-Trent but moved to Sheffield when I went to university. My passion for geography began in school and this is something I hope to pass on to my students so that they have the same love for geography that I do.

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James William Harding

Secondary Geography

I’m a Geography, Sociology and Politics teacher at a secondary school in north-west London. My favourite part of the job is interacting with young people and doing my best to ensure they become the best versions of themselves.

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Alanah Harris

Primary Art, Science, Geography, Religious Education, History

Miss Harris is no ordinary teacher - I am secretly a chameleon and can change into anything I want to be. I can be a wizard in Maths, an explorer in Geography or even better, a super hero in PE. After studying Physical and Sport Education at St Mary’s University in London, I became a teacher to share my love for learning. I teach all lessons in Primary to some wonderful children at a school in London. In my spare time, I am a dedicated runner and can often be seen running around royal London parks like Bushy Park. I am fond of going to the gym, reading and yoga.

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Katie Harrison

Primary Geography, Spanish, Religious Education

I am currently a Primary teacher working in London. At my school I have been very lucky to teach children of lots of different ages, and I enjoy teaching a range of subjects. I love teaching Geography and Spanish because I really enjoy travelling and I like teaching RE because I love to learn about different cultures and traditions. My favourite part of my job is that children make me smile every single day!

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Jon Hutchinson

Primary Geography, Religious Education, History

Hi! I’m currently an assistant headteacher at an all through school in London. I spend most of my time in our primary school, but also teach Religious Studies at A Level. I’ve been lucky enough to be a class teacher of most year groups in primary, and find having conversations with children much more interesting than having conversations with adults.

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Harriet Lowes

Secondary Geography

I am currently a Geography teacher in a secondary school in South Yorkshire. Geography is a fascinating subject, it’s incredible how much of our world is interconnected. This really struck me during my A Level Geography course and has excited me ever since, taking me to the University of Sheffield to complete a Geography degree. When I’m not in my classroom I am either out in the Peak District seeing physical geography processes in action, or in my kitchen baking.

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Mel Marshall

Secondary Geography

I’m a Geography teacher from Dorset and love my job! I really enjoy helping students understand difficult concepts and watching them grow in confidence as their hard work and dedication pays off. I’m lucky to be able to visit different schools and work with lots of teachers to ensure our students become the best Geographers they can be. Geography is all around us and I find looking at how we impact our environment fascinating. In my spare time I love being out and about with my boys; exploring, biking or hiking from dawn to dusk. When those holidays arrive, I’m normally heading straight off to investigate another exciting country... I’ve got to, I’m a Geography teacher!

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Miss McComb

Secondary Geography

Hello Geographers! I am the Head of Humanities in a school in Cumbria. As a lover of the outdoors, I am very lucky to live somewhere so beautiful with the Lake District national park and Scotland right on my door step! Geography fascinates me and I just love how you can be teaching students a variety of topics and explore different parts of the world all in one day! Whether its the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest or the effects of rapid urbanisation in China, the subject of Geography allows us all to explore the amazing world in which we live!

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Amy Patterson

Secondary Geography

I am currently an assistant principal for raising standards. I have been at my current school for 10 years and since starting I have taught all age ranges from 11-18 in geography. My favourite part of my job is seeing happy faces when all the hard work has paid off and students are off on their next steps of their life.

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Juan Pedroza

Primary Geography, Religious Education, History

I am currently Head of Phase 1 in a school in London. I mainly teach Year 2 but I have taught all across KS1 (including Reception!) as well as KS2 humanities. My favourite part of my job is the daily interactions with my students, playing a part in their personal and academic development. I love working closely with families in order to better support my pupils. My favourite subject to teach history as I believe that we can all learn important lessons from the past. I also enjoy teaching geography, a subject I studied at university.

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Miss Perry

Secondary Geography

I am currently a subject lead for geography in an inner city school in London. I work with children between the ages of 12 - 18 years old. My favourite part of my job is seeing pupils gain an understanding of their world around them through a geographical lens.

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Francesca Reid

Primary Geography, Religious Education

My name is Miss Reid and I am an Assistant Headteacher. I love travelling all over the world, meeting new people and learning about other cultures. I used to live in Argentina, where I taught children how to speak English. This was where I realised how much fun working with children is, so when I returned to England, I trained to become a teacher. In my spare time I love doing yoga and being outdoors.

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Krista Sharp

Secondary Geography

For the past 13 years I have worked as a geography teacher at a variety of different schools across the UK. This has actually been my last year teaching as I am now leaving the profession to run a charity called MYTime Young Carers. I absolutely love teaching and the challenge of making complex topics accessible and easy to understand. I will definitely miss the classroom but I feel lucky that my new role will still mean I can spend time working with amazing children.

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Miss Sully

Secondary Geography

Hi there, I’m Miss Sully and I’m a teacher of geography at a secondary school in London. The geography we study considers the world we live in, a world that is constantly evolving. My fascination with the subject is rooted in these changes. I have been fortunate, through travel, to witness aspects of physical and human geography issues at first hand and even had the opportunity to do fieldwork in 4 different countries whilst studying at the University of Liverpool! I love sharing my passion for geography with you and can’t wait to explore the subject in our lessons. 

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Ms Thiel

Secondary Geography

I am a geography teacher at a secondary school in Dorset. Since working at this school I have taught across both Key Stage 3 and 4. My favourite part of my job is being able to link the learning that happens in the classroom with the spectacular coastal landscape found in the surrounding area, and of course, sharing my fascination with the natural world with children!