I studied maths degree at Trinity College, University of Dublin. This is a four year programme. It is a difficult course and therefore ranks in the top ten maths degrees in the world.
After graduating, I accepted a job at Institut Monte Rosa. This school is on Lake Geneva in the Swiss Alps. Monte Rosa follows the American Curriculum. During my two years I taught all math levels. Courses such as Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, SAT Math and AP Calculus. The pastoral care of the students was part of the teaching role. Additionally the teachers helped with the extra curriculum activities.We were also involved sports and activity programme. In my spare time, I learnt French, skied and rode horses.
It was important for me to improve my German and I missed life in the city. Therefore I moved to Cologne in Germany and joined the staff at St. Georges International School. Here I taught the IB Higher Level and iGCSE Maths. I also taught Key Stage 3 to students aged between eleven and fourteen. The IB course was very enjoyable and consequentially I stayed in Germany for three years. However I felt the need to continue my education in mathematics. So I looked for a master’s degree programme.
I enrolled in a part time masters degree programme at the University of Leicester. Here I studied Actuarial Science. There were eight modules. They included Statistics, Financial Mathematics, Economics, Accounting & Finance, Mathematical Modelling and Contingencies. The courses were taken over two years. My family and I moved to Spain where I worked as a part time math tutor in Marbella. Additionally I also learnt to speak Spanish. Subsequently it has become one of my favourite languages. The Costa del Sol is an amazing place to live. I especially enjoy trail running. In 2016 my daughter was born in Marbella.
After my masters I wanted to work full time as a maths tutor in Marbella. So I formed a company called ‘MATH with Sophie”. I created new services and products. Services including private lessons, online lessons and group courses. Also I started creating digital products. These products included e-books, e-courses and video tutorials. It was important to stay up to date. Therefore I spent a lot of time researching technology in teaching. I work a lot with the iPad creating a paperless classroom.