I graduated in mathematics and physics form the university of Rome and completed a PhD in pure mathematics in Algebraic Topology at the University of Warwick in 1995. Before taking a post as a PGCE lecturer at St Mary’s University in Twickenham I was a head of department in a sixth form college in Reading. I moved form London to Manchester in 2011 where I took the post of Team Leader for the Secondary Mathematics PGCE. During the past years alongside this role I developed a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course for mathematics teachers and an undergraduate module in mathematics education. I also took responsibility for tutoring participants for the Teach First programme.
In 2012 I was awarded an early research grant by The University of Manchester to research the development of Lesson Study as part of the PGCE course.
I am passionate about mathematics and about teaching. All of my research is aimed at making the learning experience a good one for young people as well as teachers.
My research into mathematics education is on lesson study and on subject knowledge for teachers. I am working on using lesson study to provide Professional Development for experienced teachers alongside student teachers. I am also working at an international project which runs alongside in the UK and in South Africa. This is a study of teachers who come to the profession through the Mathematics Enhancement Courses route. I am also interested in school-HE collaboration in teacher development, in particular using lesson study as a vehicle.