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Timothy Handel

20 June 2020

Tim commenced as an English teacher working in Secondary education in 2001 and has held a variety of roles during the last 19 years in UK schools. These have included: Second in English, Head of Foundation Learning, KS3 Boys Intervention Lead, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo-leading a Department of 17 staff), Designated Safeguarding Lead and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Tim has worked in a range of schools commencing in the Midlands, UK and then moving back to his home county of Somerset in 2006. Tim completed his MA in Modern English Studies also in 2006 culminating in his dissertation titled: 'What makes Boys Read? A Review of the Effects of Graphic Novels Versus Fantasy Fiction on Boys' Reading'. Throughout his teaching career encouraging boys engagement with reading has always been a high priority and Tim has been given additional responsibility to develop this area in each school he has taught within. Tim has a clear affiliation and connection with children, able to inspire and motivate all abilities, Tim is often charged with raising standards in the weakest learners and in challenging the most academically able. Tim's love and passion for literature began at a very early age; his first love was Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings'. Tim also loves authors as diverse as James Herbert, Ian Rankin, Iain Banks, Mark Twain and his current favourite: IT by Stephen King. Tim feels that because of this love and enthusiasm of literature he is able to pass this on to the children he teaches. Outside of the classroom Tim's first love is sport; cricket and rugby in particular. Tim's first university degree was a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Sports Science ensuring Tim has assisted in extra-curricular sport in each of the four schools he has worked in coaching cricket, rugby and cross-country running and Tim is very keen for this to continue at Huili! Tim is also a keen triathlete completing his first 70.3 Half Ironman in 2019 in 6 hours and 3 minutes. Tim hopes to beat this time once he's in China and is hugely honoured to be joining Huili School Hangzhou.

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