Name: Dariius Bell

Date you joined the School: September, 2021

What do you do at Bethany?
I teach English, Media Studies, and History.

What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I taught English at a Grammar School in Maidstone. Before that I worked in Recruitment and Marketing at the University of Kent.

What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster will always sit close to the top of my favourite book list. It’s one of those novels that I can read again every few years and still feel like a different person by the time I reach the end.

What is your favourite quotation and why?
Argentinian short-story writer and essayist, Jorge Luis Borges, wrote that “Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.”  I suppose this truism permeates all that we do – nothing can last forever but we must work, create, and live as though it can. Without that simple notion, what are we doing here?

What was your favourite subject at School and why?
Geology was my favourite subject. The realisation that humanity is a drop in the vast ocean of Earth’s existence fascinates and terrifies me in equal measure. Plus, I knew the school trips would be good.

Why do you like working at Bethany?
I have never felt an immediate sense of belonging in any other workplace. The vision that this school has and the way it does what it does so marvellously is mind blowing.

What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I enjoy boxing, cycling, running, eating, and laughing. My family are cool, too.

What is your favourite childhood memory?
Flying back for 23 and a half hours from New Zealand for my Auntie’s wedding here in the UK. Seeing my Grandad riding his bike through our hotel carpark with ice-creams in his hand for my sister and I with a huge smile on his face. Watching him fall off the bike and dropping the ice-cream in fits of laughter.

If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I would be most likely be at University still, perhaps studying for a PhD. Failing that, I’d probably be a washed-up, semi-successful novelist with long hair.