New Faces

We said our sad goodbyes to some of our teachers at the end of the year as they moved on to new ventures, but we have also said hello to some new ones.  Here are two of the new faces introducing themselves.

Miss Margaret (Maggs) Parker Joins us as an English and Humanities Teacher.
“I'm excited to be starting a new life in Devon and a new job at Route 39 this term! I've moved to Devon from the Peak District over the summer on the strength of the impression Route 39 made on me at interview! I think there is huge potential in the ethos here, which focuses on small scale, personalised education, and so much more than ticking boxes and exam papers. This school also understands that learning takes many forms, should be fun, and doesn't happen in isolation.

I'm massively passionate about the outdoors, and spend my spare time up mountains, in tents, kayaks, rowing boats, making campfires, playing tennis, running, or doing yoga. It is experiences like these which have formed me as a person and which I believe are vital and invaluable for young people. I will be running the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Route 39 and am Forest School trained, so hope to be involved in lots of outdoor projects at the new site.  As an English teacher I also spend a lot of my spare time with my head in a good book, or writing and performing spoken word poetry. I have a BA Hons degree in English and History and a PGCE in English and Drama so hope to put all these skills to use at Route 39. I was a youth worker and managed educational charity projects before I became a teacher 9 years ago. I have lived in Malawi and Paris as well as numerous beautiful places around the UK, but none where I have been lucky enough to see the sea from my classroom window, until now!”
Miss Raquel Carceles is our new Teacher of Spanish and has come from some warmer climes just in time for Autumn and Winter, Devon style!

“I was born in the north of Spain, but for the last 25 years I have lived in the south. I studied Philology at the University of Murcia and specialised in teaching modern foreign languages (Spanish, English and German). I did my third year at the University of Birmingham,and after that I worked as a Languages Assistant at a school in Somerset followed by another year at a college in Hampshire. I also lived in Berlin for a few months in between those years. For the past 11 years I have worked as a Teacher of Spanish in two British Schools in Murcia, Spain.  I have always done dance and drama as hobbies, and I enjoy reading, traveling and learning languages!

My English partner and I decided to move back to England, and we both loved Devon, especially Clovelly, so I searched for posts around here. When I saw the Route 39 web page and that they were looking for a Spanish teacher, I couldn't believe my luck. And when they called me for an interview I was the happiest person on earth. Of course, when they finally called me to offer me the post I thought I was dreaming! I am extremely happy and excited to be part of this school! I was able have a taste of it last July and I found out it was even better than I had imagined. I felt really welcome and the atmosphere and energy were fantastic!

So now here I am, based in Welcombe in a fantastic house, with my partner, my dog and my four cats. I can't wait to enjoy the school year!”

We are thrilled to have such committed and enthusiastic new staff and we are sure they will receive a lovely warm Devon welcome from our students and parents.