Teacher Feature

Teacher Feature

What is your role at College?

I'm a Physics teacher and Director of Extra-curricular Activities

What did you do before you came to College?

I spent a number of years with the Army and a lot of time off climbing before going into teaching, initially in the state sector.

If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?

I would have loved being a doctor, something that never occurred to me at school. I trained as a medic in the Army after University and enjoyed it so much I considered going back to study medicine, but I had left it rather late.

What is your favourite thing about College life?

It has to be the variety. I am passionate about communicating science but relish the contrast between the classroom and being outdoors on the river or an expedition. College has given me the opportunity to do a lot of different activities and I have learnt a huge amount.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m reading Capital by John Lanchester. I’m fascinated by anything to do with London.

Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?

Actually, Physics was not my favourite. I enjoyed Geography and Chemistry in particular, as well as Philosophy, which I did at A Level. Only when I began teaching did I really see the value in Physics as the fundamental science. I know many pupils find it a challenge and I sympathise with that and enjoy trying to explain ideas.

If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?

Controversial this one, but I am not a fan of pets, especially cats and dogs. Banning them might be a little harsh, but perhaps some more expensive licensing. I think fewer dogs would make our streets cleaner and fewer cats would help our wild bird population. I await the barrage from pet lovers!

Find out more about Mr Dominic Faulkner at www.domfaulkner.com

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