Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not as in fiction, to imagine things that are not really there, but just to understand those things that are there.
— Richard Feynman

 

Helen Reynolds

Middle & Upper School Science


Masters in Physics from Oxford University, Oxford UK

Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University, Oxford UK

Post Graduate Diploma from Oxford University, Oxford UK

Awarded MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire medal) by the Queen for services to Science Education

Awarded Science Teacher of the Year by National Teaching Awards Trust

Awarded Physics Teacher of the Year by the Institute of Physics

I teach because I love to learn, and to see others learning, and to know that they will be able to look at the world in a slightly different way, and imagine it in a different way, not just while they are in school, but throughout their lives. I’m proud of all the students I have taught. I love to hear how they are getting on, and seeing the amazing things that they are doing all over the world.

My favorite projects are those where the students are problem solving or making choices about what they would like to investigate. I love projects involving space, like how we could design a space station on Mars.

My personal interests include Yoga, reading (science and history are my favourites), cooking, travelling (mainly European cities), and physics! I love yoga because it keeps me fit, and is a very different activity from teaching that involves a different way of learning . I find it very interesting to compare the way that historians consider evidence with the way that we talk about evidence in science. My most memorable traveling experience was travelling in Belize, especially being at Tikal, where they filmed one of the scenes from Star Wars. A fun fact about me, I have written 6 physics textbooks for audiences in the UK and worldwide. The books are used by middle and upper school students, and one of my recent books is now the bestselling book of its type in the UK.

I grew up in a small seaside town in the south west of the UK with my two brothers. My summers were spent on the beach, surfing and fighting the tide coming in with huge sandcastles. I went to school there until I was 18 and then went to Oxford. I left Oxford and went to teach in a local school where I taught for 22 years. For the last 5 years I have been working for the Institute of Physics helping to train teachers to teach physics in exciting ways (usually with lots of toys!)