Hi! My name is Angela and I am a publisher in the Secondary MyMaths team.
Can you tell us a bit about how you got to where you are today?
I started out as a Secondary maths teacher, as I had a desire for all young people to get the same enjoyment from maths that I did rather than thinking of it as something to be dreaded or endured.
Throughout my 14 years of classroom teaching I discovered I had a passion for creating resources, whether thinking through a progression of questions or getting stuck in with scissors and card! In 2006 I decided to take the plunge and become a writer full-time.
I started my MyMaths journey by authoring the GCSE Statistics course, and worked closely with the original founders of MyMaths on a whole host of Library homeworks and the D1 module for A level. I then became the publisher for Secondary MyMaths in 2012.
Tell us about your role within the MyMaths Team?
My role is essentially to make sure Secondary teachers have the right digital resources to support their teaching, and that students are well supported for independent study and revision.
When a new curriculum comes along I work with the Secondary editors and our teacher authors to review what we currently have on MyMaths. We then plan improvements, create lessons for any new topics, and bring everything together into a new menu so that teachers and students can easily find the right resources. Over the past three years we have made updates like this for the 2014 KS3 curriculum, GCSE 9-1 and the new A level specification.
I also work with our technical, design and customer support colleagues to plan changes to the platform. For example, with different cohorts studying different curricula, it was really important to us to find a way of supporting teachers through all the different transitions, so we designed the curriculum selector dropdown which lets users switch easily between legacy and new specifications.
The whole team is currently working hard on our project to move MyMaths content away from Flash. My role within that project is quite varied, and within the space of a day I might look at a new component with one of our developers; check some homeworks to see how they work on a tablet; plan a chunk of review work with our editors; and give a progress update to our marketing colleagues to help them keep the support site up to date. No two days are alike!
It’s really important to me to hear from teachers about how they are using MyMaths and how we can make it better, and one way I do this is by answering queries that come in by email. If you’ve ever contacted Customer Support with a question about Secondary content, you may well have heard from me directly. Please do carry on sharing your thoughts via firstname.lastname@example.org!