North Wales

Andrea Fesmer
Teacher Network Coordinator in North Wales
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College
Widnes WA8 7DW
Email : andrea.fesmer@talk21.com

Current position
I have been teaching physics at Saints Peter and Paul for 16 years, with the last 7 years part-time. Being part time means I get a few days a week to get involved in other projects.

Initial training

  • BSc (Hons) degree in Physics from Leeds University
  • PGCE from Cambridge University

Career
I have been teaching physics for over 20 years, including 2 years in Oxfordshire and 3 years with Voluntary Services Overseas in Kenya. I occasionally work as a liaison tutor for the PGCE course at Liverpool John Moores University.

Links with other agencies
I have worked with the 8 secondary schools in Halton and around twenty primary schools locally on various physics projects. These have included groups working with astronomers or going to deliver forces workshops in schools. I was the Education Adviser for Spaceport.

I have strong links with The Astrophysics Institute at Liverpool John Moores, Liverpool University Physics Dept, Daresbury labs and Merseyside Aim Higher. Most of these are due to serving for many years on the IOP Liverpool and North Wales/ Merseyside Branch Committees.

I was also on the IOP Women in Physics Committee for many years which organises various events around the country and has a particular interest in getting girls to do physics. Having two young sons has made me realise getting children to do anything can be a challenge!

I have established links with science advisers in North Wales, Careers Wales, NEWI, The National Trust and the Education Department at Bangor University.

Personal interests
I am passionate about astronomy and at some point hope to open a mini observatory (shed) for local children. I enjoy a challenge as long as it doesn’t involve elastic ropes or jumping from great heights! I love long walks in the countryside but two young children have limited distances in recent years (well that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it!)

Aim/Mission
To make life easier for anyone teaching physics in North Wales, in particular for non-specialist physics teachers.

Central workshops I can deliver

Happy to deliverRockets
Dragsters
New ideas?
Son of new ideas?
VPLab
Games laboratory


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