Mrs Isabella Mech, Head of Science, answers our questions in this week's Teacher Feature.
What did you do before you came to College?
I taught at Cheltenham Ladies’ College for 9 years where I was a Housemistress in one of the Day Houses for three years and then latterly as Head of Biology for three years. Before that I taught for many years in South Africa.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
I think I would have loved to have become a doctor but I now realise that I really enjoy working with young people who are on the cusp of their lives – there is nothing more exciting and rewarding than watching the growth and development of a pupil from the time that they start College when they are 13 until the point when they are ready to leave us at 18.
What is your favourite thing about College life?
Meeting in Chapel every day always makes me realise how important our sense of community and togetherness is. Chapel also gives one a sense of peace in our otherwise very busy days. It is always interesting when I speak to students who have left College that they will comment on the one aspect they truly miss – Chapel.
What are you reading at the moment?
I always tend to have a few books on the go at once and it all depends on my mood as to which book I will pick up. At the moment I have the following on the go:
Other than your own, what was your favourite subject at school?
Reading Biology at university was a fairly difficult decision to make as I really enjoyed History at school. Biology eventually won out because I had an inspirational teacher at school who convinced me to follow this path.
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
Ask everyone to read the poem Leisure by William Davies and embed it into their lives.