Dr Susie Nyman is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed.
Susie discovered her interest in becoming a teacher whilst undertaking her PhD studies at Rothamsted Experimental Station in the early 1990s where she was researching Insect Pheromones. The Royal Society of Chemistry invited her to present a week of workshops at Hatfield Polytechnic (now Hertfordshire University) to school children on the topic of ‘Insect Antifeedants’ and this experience sparked her desire to become a Science teacher.
Susie went on to study her PGCE at Kingston University and was appointed as a Biology teacher by the then Principal at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Dr John Guy OBE in 1995 where she has worked ever since.
By the end of her second year at the College Susie had been appointed as Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care where she has strived to raise students’ achievements and support them in a way which enables them to succeed. Susie works with students on an individual basis or with small groups delivering workshops and deploys a range of innovative and multisensory teaching techniques to assist their learning including her ‘Equality and Diversity Tree’ and famous puppets!
In addition to her teaching, Susie has been asked to provide seminars and INSET training including to PGCE students at her Alma mater on ‘Teaching A level Biology and Health and Social Care’ and in a number of local schools and colleges on teaching strategies.
Susie has been a moderator for OCR since 2000, a role which sees her travelling to a wide variety of centres all over the Southwest region of the UK to both moderate coursework and provide advice on improving curriculum delivery. Additionally, Susie has recently completed her External Quality Review training and be reviewing one of the Hampshire colleges in early spring 2017.
In September 2015, Susie participated in a UCAS case study and appeared alongside some of her students in a video which was published on their website as part of a paper entitled ‘More support needed for HE students with non-traditional qualifications’.
Her most outstanding achievement was in 2011 when she achieved ALPS 1 status for A2 Health and Social Care. She has been one of the top College performers for many years which is reflected in her ALIS and ALPS three year averages.
In recognition of her 21 years continued service at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Susie was nominated by the College for the ‘TES FE Teacher of the Year 2016 award’. This is an honour of which she is immensely proud.