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Meet The ED6 Science Sisters

Meet The ED6 Science Sisters

Meet The ED6 Science Sisters

20 Nov 2014

There is a shortage of skilled workers in some STEM sectors in the UK, which could be partly addressed by increasing the number of women in these industries. For example: fewer than 1 in 10 engineering professionals are female.

Here at ED6 we are on exactly the same drive and what better way than to have not one, but three highly qualified and extremely talented female science teachers. May we introduce you to Dr Avis Mastin, Lucy Highcock-Nheta (MPhys) and Dr Wanda Scott.

Firstly, Dr Avis Mastin teaches A Level Biology. She studied BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Zoology at Leeds University before going on to complete a PhD at the University of York, where she researched the disease Schistosomiasis (also known as Bilharzia).

After her PhD, Avis trained to be a teacher at the College of Ripon and York, St John. Her first teaching post was in Gweru, Zimbabwe, where she taught A Level Biology and O Level Science. On her return to the UK, Avis taught A Level Biology and Human Biology at Colchester Sixth Form College for several years before spending some time teaching in New Zealand.

Next, Lucy Highcock-Nheta teaches A Level Maths, Physics and Further Maths at ED6. Lucy studied at Durham University where she gained an MPhys in Theoretical Physics. Following her graduation, she completed an Initial Teacher Training course with Durham SCITT and a PGCE at Sunderland University.

Lucy has taught in a number of schools in the North East and also worked for the NHS for ten years.

Finally, Dr Wanda Scott joined the ED6 team this September as our new chemistry and applied science teacher. Wanda studied BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and then a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

During her PhD, Wanda worked with some of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ (very nasty pesticides used in lots of countries around the world).

She then trained at Sunderland University to become a teacher and went on to work in a number of secondary schools in Newcastle and latterly at Sunderland College teaching chemistry.

Wanda is delighted to join Avis and Lucy at ED6 to help inspire the next generation of scientists, male and female alike.