Donald Smith

A little information about me

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I graduated in 1973 with a Mathematics degree from the University of Edinburgh and then trained as a secondary school teacher at Moray House (before it was part of the University), taking a concurrent Diploma in Education.

I then had a 25-year career in Scottish schools. I taught first in Kelso High School (1974-77) and then in North Berwick High School (1977-80). Following that I spent many happy years in a variety of posts at Morrison's Academy in the town of Crieff in Perthshire, where I still live.

In 1999, I decided that it was time to do something different and so I left Morrison's and applied to Voluntary Service Overseas as a volunteer Maths teacher. I was appointed as a Maths Tutor to Wiawso Training College Watico Campusin the Western Region of Ghana, West Africa, and worked there for a two-year spell from February 2000 until December 2001. There I taught both the content and the teaching methodology of mathematics to trainee teachers and visited local schools, both Primary and Junior Secondary, to assess them on teaching practice. One day I shall perhaps add some of my many enduring memories of these two years to this website!

(If you are interested in Ghana, visit the Scotland Ghana Society website.)

After coming home to the UK, I decided to continue the theme of "doing something different" and returned to university, this time to pursue an MSc in Information Technology at the University of Stirling from September 2002 until August 2003. Since then I have been teaching part-time at the university. I have also done some freelance training of outgoing VSO volunteers, particularly those going into education posts overseas.

I am currently a Teaching Fellow in Mathematics at the University of Stirling.

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Page last updated 31 March 2017.