We have a dedicated team of teachers and professionals who are inspired to provide a high quality education to young people. Meet the team behind Academy21:
Tony qualified as a teacher in 1978, and has spent the majority of his career specialising in the education of pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. He has a particul ar interest in working with vulnerable, marginalised young people who find attending school difficult.
In 2002, he joined Promethean, before spending several years as a Regional Account Manager within the online education industry developing strong relationships with strategic clients through out the UK.
Tony launched Academy21 in April 2011, with a vision to offer the highest quality, and most cost effective online learning in the UK. He is also committed to providing outstanding levels of service, and is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people by developing their love of learning. Tony would also relish the opportunity to use the Academy21 platform and resources to help the 61 million young people across the world who receive no education at all.
Fiona chose a career as a textile engineer after graduating from Leeds University. When her daughter was born, she stayed at home to raise her but found she needed further stimuli. She enrol led with the Open University, studying for a Foundation Maths degree, which reignited her love for the subject. In 1997, she gained her PGCE at the University of Cumbria before teaching Mathematics in Lanc ashire schools.
She finds teaching online to be incredibly fulfilling. Fee believes that through the virtual classroom she gets to know her students much better than she would in a mainstream school environ ment; their focus and dedication constantly amazes her.
Outside of the virtual classroom, Fiona enjoys choral singing, reading prolifically, and exploring her creative side making jewellery from precious metals and gemstones.
Mel took an unconventional route to becoming a teacher, although she began her career teaching outdoor education while working in Health & Safety and Adult Education. She qualified in 2004 after completing a Graduate Training Programme (GTP), which throws candidates in at the deep end and has them teaching from day one.
Mel taught in two state schools in Hertfordshire, becoming co-ordinator for Key Stage 3 ICT at the end of her NQT year and primary ICT co-ordinator teaching Years 5 to 11. She has also taught Business Education, Leisure, and Tourism & Recreation at GCSE and A Level.
In 2007, Mel began teaching online when she relocated to Wales, quickly rising to Head of Department. She joined Academy21 in September 2011. Mel enjoys the interaction with students in a virtual classroom and particularly delights in using the latest technology to deliver the subject of ICT.
Sue worked as an applied plant scientist for eight years at Wye College in Kent, where she also gained her PhD in the genetics of bean diseases. She took her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church College and has since taught secondary science, and held management positions, at schools in London, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Liverpool.
Sue actually really misses the hands-on practical side of science teaching in mainstream but she has remarked that not having to evacuate her labs for the fire brigade on a regular basis makes a refreshing change!