David started his career as an engineer in the Royal Navy, working on a wide range of engineering equipment on many different platforms during his 19 years of service. After leaving the Navy, he worked with Babcock International leading a team of engineers to deliver a highly successful engineering apprenticeship scheme. He has been Department Head and programme manager in Portsmouth Colleges for several years, ensuring that the engineering curricula are up to date and focusing on developing student’s industry-based knowledge and skills whilst achieving their academic qualifications.
Away from work, David likes to spend time with his family including his four children, he plays squash and enjoys oil painting.
Damien Edmondson - Head of Science and Chemistry Teacher
Damien is an experienced Chemistry teacher who always seeks to push his students to achieve their highest potential. He has been a Department and curriculum lead in Hampshire and Portsmouth schools for a number of years. Damien believes that education is at its greatest when students are fully involved in every aspect of their learning and feel safe to be and express themselves.
Damien is interested in creating dynamic-learning environments, to make Science a live and continuous experience. Through the use of educational theory, virtual learning environments and modern context based lessons he aims to enhance the quality of student engagement and learning that our students receive.
Damien is an avid runner and enjoys numerous physical pursuits outside of college.
Tom Holdstock - Head of Mathematics
Tom studied maths and physics at the University of Reading before undertaking a postgraduate research project in mathematical biology. He took his passion of maths and the sciences to the classroom, teaching maths to 11-18 year old students and how it applies to the real world. He firmly believes that it is the universal language of science. Tom has had over 8 years teaching experience, including being Head of various key stages and departments across different locations. He is also a Lead Practitioner responsible for training teachers to maximise their impact on their students’ progress.
When Tom is not thinking and talking about maths, he is enjoying time with his family and the outside, keeping fit through running and cycling. He also dabbles in music and can play four chords on a number of instruments, but not much else!
Dan Celestine - Head of English, Pastoral and Academic Support Manager
Dan is an experienced teacher, pastoral and academic leader, who relishes the opportunity to teach and guide young people. He believes that English is essential - as well as exciting. Equipping students with the tools to read and write accurately and with purpose is vital. He also believes that English should be a source of life-long enjoyment for all young people. Dan is extremely excited about launching a new A level English programme at UTC Portsmouth and is keen to investigate further ways in which the already broad provision at the college could be further enhanced.
Beyond college, unsurprisingly, Dan enjoys reading but is also a father of two young girls who ensure that he is kept very active and busy.
Claire Jepson - Head of Sixth Form and English Teacher
Claire was born in Portsmouth and in twenty years of teaching has rarely strayed more than 10 miles beyond the city’s outskirts. Most recently she was Assistant Head and Founding Head of Sixth Form at Meoncross School in Stubbington, following seven years at Portsmouth Grammar School as Head of English and Senior Teacher. Claire is passionate about her subject and the students she comes into contact with, believing absolutely that everyone has the ability to blossom, whether as young adults or simply in their appreciation and love for language and literature. She has written several teaching guides and is also a senior examiner. Claire is very excited to be joining UTC Portsmouth for a new challenge.
When not teaching, Claire can be found in her art studio messing about with textiles, with her daughter on a beach collecting sea-glass or bombing about the South Downs in a Morgan Three-Wheeler. A believer in life-long learning, Claire has also recently taken up the piano.
Kyle Arthur - PE Teacher & Assistant Head of KS4
Kyle studied for his BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science degree at the University of Portsmouth, immediately followed by his PGCE. Following on from his studies, Kyle has spent a number of years traveling and working across the world designing & delivering teaching programs in fitness & sport. Specific focus on South Asia & India in particular; developing collaborations with various Bollywood cinema celebrities and political figures, Kyle has been able to influence and spread the word of fitness to thousands of people young and old alike. Kyle’s ambitions are to encourage and fortify a culture that maximises participation & opportunity in sport. A culture that celebrates diversity and provides multiple platforms for all our students to thrive.
Jessica Long - Computer Science Teacher
Jessica has a passion for cyber security and a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence and space exploration. She aims to make the classroom experience as interactive and industry-relevant as possible. Trained in Entertainment Technology and Secondary Computer Science, she believes that there is always a practical task to be completed next to any theory-based topics.
Jessica believes strongly in growth mindset, encouraging students to build resilience to reinforce their learning.
Outside of school, Jessica is developing her skills in cybersecurity, working towards her Certified Ethical Hacker qualification and hopes to start developing projects using Google’s open-source TensorFlow software. She is also very enthusiastic about video games and tabletop Roleplaying Games.
Dr Andrea Hegedus - Biology Teacher
Andrea studied molecular biology in Hungary before she moved to the UK to pursue a career in HIV research. During her PhD and postdoctoral years, Andrea tutored, trained and supervised a number of students from BSc to PhD levels, which sparked her interest in teaching. In recent years she has tutored biology and chemistry to GCSE and A-level students, which led her to retrain as a science teacher.
Outside work Andrea likes reading and watching crime stories, as well as solving puzzles and jigsaws. When weather permits, she also enjoys swimming in the sea.
Catalin Tanase - Maths Teacher
Catalin is an experienced teacher of Mathematics. Previously he has taught students ranging from 11 years old to adults, delivering courses in GCSE and A Level. Catalin believes that studying mathematics helps students to become resilient and self-confident young adults. He also believes that after finishing their studies at the UTC students will leave as curious, independent and dedicated adults ready for their future challenges
Catalin likes to be involved in enrichment activities such as Chess Club and STEM projects. Outside of work he is a Senior County Football Referee.
Sheila Doherty - Maths Teacher
Sheila has been Maths Lecturer at local colleges for 24 years, at a range of levels and in a variety of contexts, specialising in A-Level Maths and Further Maths over the past 16 years. She is keen for students to appreciate the power of mathematics, not only as an essential tool for science and engineering, but as an elegant and exciting subject in its own right which can develop logical and analytical thinking and curiosity. Prior to teaching, Sheila worked as a Software Engineer on a number of large communication projects in the defence industry.
In her spare time, Sheila enjoys rambling and sea-kayaking. She has a passion for music, being a member of a local choir, and can play the flute (quite well) and the piano (quite badly). In addition, she likes sketching and water-colour painting.
Paula Williams - Maths Teacher
Paula is an experienced teacher of Mathematics. She recognises that understanding mathematics supports students with their science and engineering courses. Prior to retraining as a teacher she was an insurance underwriter and has experience of commerce which means that she can often enjoy bringing a real world context into the mathematics classroom. She enjoys all Mathematics however Statistics and their application are a particular area of interest. Paula is a passionate that students are involved in enrichment activities and enjoys the annual challenges of Stock Market challenge and Duke of Edinburgh.
Outside of work she enjoys camping, book club membership, sporadic gym attendance and being a dance mum supporting her daughters who dance.
Freya Long – Design Technology and Engineering Teacher i/c Engineering Projects Liaison
Freya is an experienced teacher having taught the full range of Design Technology subjects over the 14 years she has been in teaching. Freya has a passion for STEM and, with an enquiring mind, likes to investigate how things work. She is particularly interested in the use of different forms of energy and designing products to solve particular problems.
Freya is a keen supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. After gaining her Gold Award in 2003, she has continued to encourage others to participate and will do so at UTC by managing the Award Centre.
Outside of work Freya is interested in hiking and canoeing. She finds the mountains inspirational and tries to get to the Lake District and Wales as often as possible.
Andrew Clunie - Engineering Teacher
Andrew studied at the GSA Conservatoire and University of Surrey and has spent over 11 years in the live events and theatre industry, working in all areas of production and project management of events ranging from Fringe musicals to Farnborough Airshow.
His passion for teaching lies within the myriad applications technology has and relishes the chance to train competent and capable people to face the opportunities and challenges that technology can provide them.
In his spare time he loves spending days afloat and is a qualified sailing and canoeing instructor, and can often be found teaching these to the Sea Cadets of an evening. When time allows he enjoys playing music and reading science fiction in all its' forms.
Dr Luka Celent - Engineering Teacher
Luka’s primary area of interest is Production Engineering which emcompasses machine tools and systems, machining processes, Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), advanced manufacturing technologies and reverse engineering. He brings together innovations from engineering and industrial design with an understanding of the basic principles of machining processes and machine tools. Luka is dedicated to motivating young students to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Prior to his appointment at UTC Portsmouth, Luka spent 9 years at The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at the University of Split, Croatia.
Mark Bird - Engineering Teacher
Mark studied Applied Physics at Brunel University and then went on to complete a PGCE at Southampton University to teach Science and Technology. He taught A-level Physics and A-level electronics to 16-18-year-old students for seven years before leaving to study for a Master’s degree again at Southampton University. After completing his Master’s degree Mark began teaching Design and Technology in the classroom to 11-16-year-old students and set up and taught BTEC Engineering from scratch. He strongly believes education is not just for the academically gifted but for all who have enquiring minds.
In his spare time, Mark is a family man with a daughter. He enjoys making things and keeping old technology working as well as reading about science and technology. Mark enjoys travelling, leisure cycling and astronomy.
Katy Le Gris - Design Technology and Engineering Teacher
Katy is an experienced Design Technology and Engineering Teacher. She is enthusiastic in her approach to teaching, having gained experience with teaching ages 11-18 in Product Design and Engineering. Katy is passionate about STEM and is looking forward to sharing the new technologies UTC has to offer with her students.
In her spare time Katy enjoys spending time with her family and walking her dog. She is always tinkering with new projects from sewing, to building furniture from reclaimed materials.
Richard Clegg - Engineering Teacher
Richard is a chartered engineer and has over 20 years of Electronic Engineering experience in Naval, Consumer-TV, set-top box and Professional Broadcast industrial sectors. He brings together this experience and blends it together with Maths teaching.
His vision for STEM is to relate to how the tailored education at UTC fits the product delivery of a high tech engineering company. The pupils that can see the link will be motivated to learn and succeed. He has a focus and desire to drive innovation in the classroom which can be translated to the industry. workplace
Away from UTC Richard is an FA qualified football coach. He also enjoys playing football, swimming and spending time with his family.
James Loosley - Physics Teacher
James studied Physics at the University of Bristol. Much of James’ studies focused on Astrophysics which is his biggest passion within Physics. James believes that learning Physics changes how people think about the world around them and regularly distracts his family while watching films by getting annoyed at the inaccurate Physics.
When not teaching, James enjoys sports and is an avid fan of rugby, football and cricket and enjoys playing rugby and football albeit not very well.
Hannah Wells - Geography Teacher
Hannah has previously worked in a Further Education college as Head of Geography responsible for delivering A Level programmes. Hannah believes that studying geography enables students to develop a wider variety of skills, as the subject requires students to understand and apply mathematical, English and scientific skillsets. Geography also encourages students to think independently, problem solve and critically analyse information. Hannah believes that geography is a practically-based subject and enjoys running field trips both at home and abroad.
Outside of work Hannah enjoys a wide variety of activities; she dances both jive and latin, likes to be involved in charity and community projects and also undertakes property renovation.
Maija Brice - Maths teacher
Maija is a newly qualified maths teacher and is delivering lessons for both GCSE and A-Level classes.
Maija previously worked for Portsmouth City Council as well as in the construction and distribution industries. Two years ago Maija decided to train to become a Mathematics teacher. The profession builds on her education specialism and subject knowledge and her interest in developing people.
Outside work, Maija enjoys a number of activities. She is passionate about film and previously worked as a director at Number 6 Cinema in the Historic Dockyard. Most of Maija's free time is spent with her family but when she gets some time she likes kayaking and she also enjoys dress-making.