Ms Jada Woolf, Head of Maths
Date you joined the School
What do you do at Bethany?
I am one of the two joint Heads of Maths.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I was a maths teacher at a mixed comprehensive in Kent for five years.
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
I love anything written by Philip Kerr – his books are all murder mysteries set in interesting historical times and they really get you hooked! I also really enjoyed The Calculus Story: A Mathematical Journey by David Acheson because it explores the origins of calculus.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
“Mistakes are proof that you are trying” – everyone always talks about how mathematics is right or wrong but nobody ever acknowledges that making mistakes is how the learning happens.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
I’ve always loved mathematics but I also really enjoy languages. I’m bilingual in Italian so languages came naturally.
Why do you like working at Bethany?
Bethany has just a community feel to it. All the staff and students are friendly and welcoming and everyone is accepted.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I have been competitively Irish dancing since I was in primary school and I’m obsessed with watching most sports (predominately football) although I rarely have time to play anymore. I also love exploring new places and challenging myself.
What is your favourite colour and why?
Blues, they remind me of the sea. I’m originally from Brighton and since moving to Kent I have realised how much I miss it!
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I’ve always wanted to try being a translator, it would mean that I could travel the world and work at the same time!