Tamsin Honeybourne Biographical Profile
Tamsin studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University where she enjoyed the thrills and life skills of sharing a bathroom between ten (downstairs having brewed beer in theirs) and such local delicacies as the Heinz spaghetti pasty. She won an Exhibition award for outstanding achievement, and narrowly escaped death by hitchhiking someone else’s ambulance.
Having realised that the world of agonising over the latest lawnmower colour scheme or the route of poor but patented designer were not for her (despite the obvious accolades resulting from designing the disabled loos at St George’s Hospital!) she studied Education at Greenwich. It is a decision she never regretted; she has been a teacher for more than twenty years.
Tamsin recognises that if all seems to be quiet, and you think you have a handle on it all, for even one day, in education, then something is in fact horribly wrong; but, there is a lot to be said for never being bored! Some of her favourite moments have been spent in the workshop after school with those pupils who just wanted to be there (as opposed to those who had accidentally glued themselves to the bench).
She would generally describe herself as an ‘eight out of ten’ happy person, but can achieve ten easily if given cake. However, the rewards and stresses of working in education, when combined with those of family life, are a bit like cake – hugely enjoyable, satisfying and somewhat addictive, but an overdose can make you rather ill! Tamsin collapsed in school in 2007 with a suspected stroke and eventually made it back into the classroom, after eighteen months, with a droopy foot disguised by very nice tall, tight boots. She has since had Cauda Equina Syndrome.
She currently holds elected roles as Secretary of Surrey Teachers Joint Committee, Chair of Surrey County Council Trade Unions, Member of the Executive of The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Surrey ATL Branch Secretary and Surrey National Union of Teachers Division Secretary (so a quiet life really) This does not fit on any form, and is not recognised as possible by any computer.
Tamsin has worked extensively representing employees at all levels and in all sectors of Education in Surrey. She continues to enjoy challenges every day, and has particular interest in helping to resolve the difficulties experienced by those wishing to return to, or remain in, employment following mental health diagnosis. She would like to change the way mental health is perceived, so that it is as easy to talk about as having a cold.
Tamsin works with passion and enthusiasm to ensure the best outcomes for both children and staff in education.
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