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     Date Submitted:25-03-2012
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     Current job:Physics teacher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordscommunication, teamworking, meeting deadlines, knowledge.
    CV

    Education

     

    Sept 05 – July 06 – Graduate Teacher Program at University of Wolverhampton

     

    Sept 02 – Dec 02 - Programming in C++.  Halesowen College.

     

    Sept 96 - Jun 99 - BSc (hons) Physics with Space Science and Technology.

     

    University of Leicester. My final year modules were: Cosmology, Dynamical Systems, Earth Observational Science, Fluids, Further Relativity, Interaction of Radiation with Matter, Planetary Physics (including Geophysics), Space Vehicles and Space System Design. These modules cover classical physics and modern physics as well as space science and astrophysics.

     

    Sept 94 - Jun 96 - A Level - Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (Pure and Applied). Dudley College of Technology.

     

    Sept 92 - July 94 - GCSE - Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English, Computer Studies, Geography. Dudley College of Technology.

     

    Employment History

     

    DEIRA International School – Dubai - Sept 2010 –Present – Teaching KS3, IGCSE Physics and IB Physics.

     

    NASA(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) –May 2009 – June 2010 - Lead  NASA educational product review facilitator.  Position involves reviewing educational material produced by NASA which is used by teachers to deliver lessons.  The post involves identifying errors in the resources and suggesting methods to improve the overall product.  Once a product has been reviewed this information along with other teacher’s reviews are compiled by myself and communicated back to the product developer for alterations. 

     

    INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL- USA – Aug 2008 – July 2010 – Teacher of Physics and physical science within Charlotte Mecklenburg schools (CMS).  Teaching grade 9-12 (AP Physics) and also the coach for science Olympaid which is a national tournament where students conduct various scientific projects.  Head of Physics.

     

    STUART BATHURST HIGH SCHOOL – Jan 2008 – Aug 2008 – Teacher of science, teaching KS3 and KS4 physics, chemistry and biology as well as BTEC physic  to 11-16.  Other duties include science club.

     

    CARDINAL NEWMAN ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL –  Sept 2007 – Dec 2007 – Teacher of science, teaching KS3 and KS4 physics, chemistry and biology to 11-16.  Also teaching KS5 to A-Level physics students.  Other duties include form tutor to year 7 students.  Head of Physics.

     

    CARDINAL NEWMAN ROMAN CATHOLIC SCHOOL (NQT) –Sept 2006 to July 2007–  Working as a secondary school teacher where I teach physics, chemistry and biology to students aged from 11-16. other duties include supporting year eight team by covering for absent teachers. I also support students in an after school tutorial club.  Head of Physics.

     

    GTP – St Michael’s C of E High School – Sept 05-July 06 – training to be a secondary school teacher. I completed a graduate teacher programme at the University of Wolverhampton to gain my qualified teacher status. This involved me attending university once a month and the remaining of the time was spent teaching at the school in the science department.  I was teaching from year 7 to year 11 across the border of the science unit including; biology, chemistry and physics.

     

    WEST MIDLANDSPOLICE – Special Constable- Voluntary (Oct 2003-April 2005). As a member of the special constable within the West Midlands Police, my role included working as a voluntary police officer within my local community. This involves;

    • Interacting and communicating with people from all types of backgrounds.
    • Continuous training and development at the police headquarters in key skills such as effective communication, personal responsibility, resilience, problem solving, working on own initiative and team working.

    The special constabulary provided me with personal satisfaction outside my full time employment as I know that I am making a difference in the community. Equally, this role enhances my skills and abilities, which makes a positive impact on my performance in my full time employment.

    My role as a special constable is completed out of work hours so that I can continue my full time employment professionally.

     

    AQUILA NETWORKS – Full time (May 2002 – Sept 05)

    My responsibility is to update the company’s 2D geographic database using a Micro station CAD (Computer Aided Design) application.  This involves interpreting engineer’s field sketches and reproducing the data electronically.  This data shows the positions of high voltage electricity cables (overhead and under head) within the Midlands region.

     

     

    BAE SYSTEMS – Full time (Oct 2000 –May 2002)

    As a production process technician my responsibility was to work within a team (consisting of scientists, engineers and technicians) to manufacture pyro-electric uncooled infrared detector arrays that are used for imaging and instrumentation applications.

     

    My duties were:

     

    • To manufacture infra-red devices using written instructions working in a clean room laboratory.  To carry out this work I was responsible for using a class four laser and various hazardous chemicals.

     

    • To work with engineering staff to improve processes to reduce waste and improve efficiency.

     

    • To complete batch cards allowing progress of work to be traced and to maintain process control charts.

     

    • To promote a spirit of team work and to follow safe working practices.

     

    I had also been involved in training a new member of staff and was responsible for carrying out inspection work during the manufacture of the devices.

     

     

    G P U Power Distribution – Full time (Sept 1999 – Oct 2000)

     

    My responsibility was to provide customers, developers and contractors with cable plans that show the position of electricity cables within the Midlands region.  These plans must be accurate for safety purposes and issued within a fixed period of time.

     

    Skills acquired:

     

    • Written and spoken (telephone, in-person) communication skills.

     

    • Using software (Windows NT, company database) and hardware (scanners, printers).

     

    • Meeting deadlines and Team working.

     

    • Technical skills (liasing with technicians and editors).

     

    Additional Skills

     

    During the course of my degree I have written problem solving programs using various programming languages such as FORTRAN 90 and Maple (procedural Languages). I have also had experience in using event driven programming languages such as Visual Basic for Applications. 

     

     

    I am conscientious, self-motivated, enthusiastic and organised.  I have gained valuable experience working within groups which has helped me understand the concept of brainstorming, delegating work and meeting deadlines. I also hold a clean driving licence.

     

    Interests / Hobbies

     

    I am a keen spectator and participant in football, snooker, tennis and enjoy computing, reading books and listening to music. My interests include aviation, information technology, astronomy and scientific topics. To keep myself up to date with such interests I read various journals and attend events. I am a keen member of The Institute of Physics.  I also enjoy climbing and hiking as well as mountaineering in which I have been involved in various activities.

     

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