My name is Maria Oates. I am a qualified secondary maths teacher with a strong mathematical background.
I live in Hazel Grove, Stockport , round the corner from Hazel Grove High School (South Manchester – near Poynton, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Woodford, Offerton), with my husband and teenage son. I grew up in Manchester, and was educated at Manchester High School for Girls, an independent school in Rusholme/Fallowfield.
I always enjoyed learning maths.
During my years at MHSG I quickly developed my love for maths. I gained 9 GCSEs, but my favourite by far was Mathematics (I achieved an A). I passed the extra Extension Paper, and was awarded the school maths prize.
My A-Levels, all grade A, included Maths and Further Maths. I also received a gold certificate in the UKMT Senior Challenge.
After high school, I went on to the University of Manchester. I completed my BSc in Pure Maths with Computation (2.i) in 1995, then immediately afterwards started working in the Tax Technology department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a “Big Four” accountancy firm, and I stayed there for 14 years, until 2009.
In 2000 – 2003, as well as working at PwC part-time, I completed a ‘flexible’ PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Manchester, and though I didn’t initially make the jump into a teaching job, I have tutored on and off since then. I teach maths to children of all ability levels. I currently teach maths at a secondary 11-18 grammar school in Trafford.
Over the years, I have successfully taught pupils from both comprehensive and private schools, and helped my students to improve their performance. In particular, I have helped many young students to improve their enjoyment of, and confidence in, the subject.
I believe strongly that students should enjoy learning maths. I adopt a friendly but focused approach to my lessons, and my personal goal is to make every student see the personal value in working towards their maths qualifications.