Simon Mark Dean
Where did you grow up?
In Waterbeach – only a few minutes down the road from Ely.
Cottenham Village College, Hills Road Sixth Form College, the University of Birmingham for Undergraduate and Masters, Goldsmiths for PGCE.
Your previous role and place of work:
Teacher at Windrush Primary School in Greenwich.
What are you most looking forward to about working at King’s Ely?
There are lots and lots of things but most of all working with the lovely, enthusiastic and positive children of Acremont.
Hobbies/interests outside of school:
Watching cricket, reading and running very, very slowly.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to be a writer and I was fortunate enough to write for TV and radio for 10 years before I started teaching.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I will be honest, there are times when a Thor-style magical flying hammer that can direct lightning strikes onto the heads of people who displease me does seem very, very attractive. But that is an unworthy thought, so I’ll be more conventional and go with… flight.
What was the last book you read?
‘The Dark’ by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen. As a Key Stage 1 teacher, I love a good picture book. It’s a beautiful and funny story about courage and overcoming your fears; about how we need to keep taking steps into the dark to learn and grow.
What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?
As an 80s’ child, it has to be ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi. Sadly, I don’t get to sing it that much as, after people have heard me sing it once, I’m generally asked not to sing it again. Often quite forcefully.
What is your favourite film?
‘Up’ – Pixar at its absolute finest… charming, funny, poignant and wise. You’ll cry at least twice during the opening 5 minutes.
Do you have any phobias or fears?
Jellyfish. There can be no reason for them.
Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:
I feel obliged to say something like “My wife and two beautiful children from whom I could not bear to be parted for even a single moment”. However, I’m going to assume that they won’t read this and instead choose:
A comfortable hammock,
A digital radio tuned to Test Match Special,
A jug of something cold.