Regions 8 Chair Elections Vote now!
27 March 2013
Vote now, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the full name of one of the candidates, print your name and give your ASE membership number. Voting stops at 6.00pm on Tuesday 16th April 2013.
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The new committee structure can be found at http://www.asescotland.org.uk/
ASE Region 8 Chair Candidates Biographies
Biography: Heather Earnshaw
I joined ASE during my PGCE year at Moray House (Bob Kibble's enthusiasm for the organisation was tangible and persuasive!) and both the ASE Scotland and SouthEast Scotland Section committees about 6 years later, having survived the early years of both teaching and motherhood. I was working part-time, but was keen to develop skills and interests outside the classroom. I’ve learned a lot about organising events, for example chairing meetings and getting publicity information out and about, as well as organising CPD, which is the most appreciated type of event. Currently I teach Physics at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. I started up a P5 science club when I joined the school and I now help senior pupils run their Science and Engineering Society.
Until recently I chaired the South East Scotland section and particularly enjoyed organising and hosting the section programme of activities e.g. Science let loose; New frontiers, exploring new ideas for the Curriculum for Excellence and National 4 & 5: Meeting the challenge. I also helped to co-ordinate the events for primary colleagues. I've always looked to the ASE as a main source of CPD and firmly believe the ASE is a community for sharing ideas and tackling challenges in science teaching. As Chair of ASE Scotland I would hope to find ways to support and encourage section activity and to explore ideas to encourage more members to be more active in the region.
At a national level I want to ensure that ASE Scotland has appropriate representation during future policy consultations and I would like to see us use our expertise to coordinate the provision of CPD and development of resources for teaching the new qualifications.
Biography: Susan Henderson
I was born in Wick, Caithness and educated at Wick High School before leaving in 1975 after fifth year. Following a year working as a lab assistant at Dounreay nuclear facility I moved to Edinburgh to study Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University. My first professional job was in the pharmaceutical industry, working for Ciba-Geigy as a medical sales representative. I’m married and have three children, all of whom have flown the nest, which gives me a bit more time to pursue out-of- school interests such as hillwalking, skiing, playing the piano and singing as well as running and playing golf very badly!
On turning forty, I decided that it was time for a career change and spent a year doing my teacher training at Northern College, Aberdeen. It was there that I first came across the ASE. I joined as a student member and have never looked back! Like many of us, I have particularly enjoyed the Day Conferences and Twilight sessions that I’ve attended over the years as well as the five Scottish Conferences I’ve been able to attend. I’ve been told I have a tremendously positive attitude to life in general and believe this very much influences my approach to teaching and my attitude to the ASE.
Over the last twelve years the ASE has been a huge influence in my professional life providing opportunities to meet with like-minded, enthusiastic practitioners. I’ve been a committee member of the Grampian Section for six years and Chair since 2009. This has been a thoroughly enjoyable role which has allowed me to play a part in organising a number of very successful events in Grampian over the past few years. I’ve taught at Montrose Academy, Brechin High School and currently teach Chemistry at Banchory Academy. I have a particular interest in Literacy and gained a lot of satisfaction in being instrumental in setting up a “Poetry and Science” event in Banchory. This was firstly run for a competition organised by the Institute of Chemical Engineers but is now an annual fixture on the school calendar!
My vision for ASE Scotland is to ensure the organisation continues to focus on providing high quality motivational support for hard working professionals. I recognise that we always try to do the very best for our pupils and strongly believe this can be greatly enhanced through the support of an organisation such as the ASE.