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Creative Design & Technology Staff
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Mrs L. Smith
I had one of those inspirational teachers who could see I had a talent in Art. When I was choosing my options to study, I really wanted to focus on Fashion and was given the opportunity to do this. This was the first time I had ever used a sewing machine! I can still remember the 3D flowers escaping from a hat I had made and a bright red jacket that I had painstakingly put together and then embellished to within an inch of its life. I had finally found my vocation. I went on to study at Blackburn College of Art and Design where I chose fashion and textiles. I then chose to study Fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester. This course really opened my eyes to the fashion industry. I was able to learn about footwear, contour, eveningwear and costume. I eventually graduate with a BA (Hons) 1st class. After working in the fashion industry for several years, I realised that there was a gap and a need for young, talented and skilled designers. I decided to go and complete a PGCE in secondary education at Edge Hill University. I was so excited to be able to teach fashion and textiles as a new subject at Moorhead High School. I have been teaching now for 14 years and still have that same passion for the subject that I did when I was 14. To see students create their own fashion garments, then go on to study the subject at university is what first encouraged me to become a teacher. I have taught a range of subjects whilst at Accrington Academy – from GCSE Expressive Arts to GAT year 9 students to BTEC Fashion and Clothing at Post 16. When I am not scouring the pages of Vogue, I do like to watch sci-fi (so happy The X Files has returned!) or the latest Real Housewives series.
Mr D. BurrowsTechnology Lead Practitioner | Teacher of Technology (Resistant Materials & Product Design)
Mr D. Burrows
From the age of fourteen whilst sitting in a design and technology class at St.Augustines RC High school in Whalley I made a considered decision to become a mechanical engineer. This passion led me to complete an engineering apprenticeship at the age of 17 till 21 working in an engineering company in Accrington called TML Plastics whilst also attending training 2000 in Blackburn. Every Friday I was given the day off work to attend Manchester University to complete a BSC (hons) in Engineering (I was awarded grade 2:1). Following completion of my engineering apprenticeship I became a project engineer manufacturing an array of automotive components for companies such as Ford, Nissan and Landrover. In 2005 following 10 years in engineering I suddenly had a change of mind over my chosen career path. Whilst still highly passionate to continue in the field of engineering I also wanted to embark on a career in education took a year off work to complete a PGCE to facilitate me teaching the subject Design and Technology at high school and post 16. I have enjoyed a 12 year teaching career across three different schools teaching subjects such as Resistant Materials, Electronics, Engineering and Food Technology. I am a massive Star Wars fan and have filled my home with figurines, artwork and sculptures related to this theme. I also am an amateur magician and die hard Liverpool FC fan. I have one daughter who attends 6th Form at Accrington Academy; our favourite thing to do together is Saturday dinner time trips to Nandos Restaurant in Preston.
Miss D. Mistry
I have always had a passion for Design and Technology combined, with a father who is a design maker, I had a great influence right from the start. I grew up his apprentice and through education I was able to channel what I enjoyed into a career. Having graduated from Derby University in sustainable design and practice, I decided to go to event and craft fairs and sell my own products which ranged from ceramics to jewellery. I was later inspired by a close friend to share what I love and teach. Having decided design and technology was the area which best suited me I went on to complete my PGCE. I haven't looked back since. I love what I do and working with young students is very rewarding. I am passionate about my subject and cannot imaging doing anything else. It really is a rewarding feeling when students enjoy lessons and get to make a product they know they have designed themselves. I love travelling and exploring different creative fields, I am a professional henna artist in my spare time and love using different medias. I have taught in different parts of the UK and Madrid, teaching has been a career that has given me many opportunities and a job I could never get bored of because it is so diverse.
Miss K. Cavanagh
My favourite part about Technology is the Graphics and Design side of the topic. I love being able to teach a concept to pupils and they always surprise me with the creative interpretations. Design Technology was always my favourite subject at school and I use to enjoy designing and making in my spare time. I have designed jewellery for different shops in Lancashire and during my degree was fortunate enough to design for brand names such as Abercrombie and Fitch and Marks and Spencer’s. I am interested in fitness and nutrition and enjoy keeping fit. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach this interest in cooking and nutrition in the department of technology too!
Ms L. Tickle
Design and Technology is unique, challenging both hands and minds. It embeds…research, independence, technology, communications, leadership, teamwork and problem solving. …..Design Technology is not today’s woodwork. It breeds new products and new business. It is academic and practical.