About Me

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy… or something like that.

Until 2014, my entire goal in life was to become a successful primary school teacher, but now all of that has changed and since September 2016, I’ve left the classroom to become an independent consultant sharing my  knowledge and understanding of computer science with other teachers…

My passion is to share my knowledge and enjoyment of computing science and coding and I am determined to help people one way or another – you can find me at events involving sharing of ideas or else sharing my love of all things Raspberry Pi so please feel free to find me for a chat. I want to make it clear to my fellow teachers that anyone can code and it’s really not as scary because I absolutely love it when I see that spark of excitement for the first time on a teacher’s face! I started from almost no knowledge whatsoever and I’ve found my passion for it so I really want to give that back to others so that they can enjoy it too.

I’m available for independent work which, in the past, has included working as a facilitator for the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free CPD, Picademy, as well as working for the National Stem Centre in York and writing resources and articles, which has included a K-5 scheme of work for introducing computer science for a Canadian independent school group, called Maple Bear. As part of my work for Maple Bear, I have spent time in Brazil training teachers in computational thinking and I’ve also delivered training in both Argentina and the US.

I also work for two companies part-time.

Crossover Solutions – Going completely freelance with my CPD offerings seemed foolish when Crossover Solutions were keen to offer my services to the schools in their network, enabling them to offer a more rounded service with peer-led training and not just set-up and repair. It was a natural fit, especially since one of the founders is my other-half and I’m looking forward to getting involved with more and more schools on Crossover’s behalf.

pi-top – after meeting co-founder Jesse Lozano at a number of Raspberry Pi events, I mentioned my plan to leave teaching to Jesse and he insisted that I come and work with him – we negotiated a part-time contract because I wanted to be able to work independently and thus a position was created for me in the pi-top office in Old Street. My role at pi-top is to enthuse teachers about using Raspberry Pi in their classroom as well as to ensure that pi-top are creating top-notch software that really can help teachers to get the most out of their computer science lessons. I’m having lots of fun running workshops and CPD training with pi-tops, as well as being in charge of setting up pi-top Champions, a network of uber-pi-users with support and backing from pi-top to run their super-awesome events around the world.

If you’d like me to work for you, get in touch by emailing me on cat@crossover.solutions so we can talk over how I can help you!

Please note that all views expressed on this blog are completely my own and in no way reflect any of the companies or agencies I work for!