ornithologist, gardener and cricketer. He recently became a Level 2 qualified English Cricket Board cricket coach and now coaches youngsters at Bishop’s Stortford CC. He still plays, if somewhat more slowly, for Much Hadham in the Herts and Essex League and for Chrishall in Sunday friendlies.
A keen follower of Lancashire County Cricket Club, he remains, to this day, totally baffled as to how such a gifted and strong team of cricketers can so easily underachieve. As such he still waits for LCCC to win the county championship in his lifetime. Also a keen Liverpool and Cowdenbeath supporter
His travels have taken him all over Western Europe, Australia and Sri Lanka, where he is always keen to become involved in bird watching and drinking and eating local favourites.
Most recent trips have been to the Camargue in March 2005 and Normandy in August 2005. Future trips are planned for Southern Ireland and the Camargue again.
A recent development has been the start of a diary recording the natural history of an area of unspoilt river on the outskirts of Bishop’s Stortford. With luck, a publication date before Christmas 2006 is anticipated.
He plans to involve his new interest in butterfly and moth photography in this publication, as well as become a bit of a researcher into the history of the River Stort.
Having left College in 1976, qualified as a teacher, Jonathan began by taking a post in Ickleford, North Hertfordshire.
After a few years he moved to Summercroft JM School, Bishop’s Stortford. He is still there today, thoroughly enjoying working in a school with a top reputation and results that put it high up in any way that league tables care to be produced.
He has been the science coordinator and a senior manager for many years and is now a member of the school’s leadership team as well as a Year 4 class teacher.
As well as teaching, throughout the
years, each age group
within primary, he has
found time to develop
his science knowledge.
In 1997 he was
appointed as an
Teacher Fellow and
then in 2004 was
asked to be Leading
Teacher fellow for this
set up by Lord
was developing the dissemination of information pertaining to fast plants. He developed booklets and resources for primary schools, based around a rapid recycling brassica. This is a plant that, under 24 hour lights, grows from seed to producing leaves, petals, anthers etc and then seed pods all in 28 days. Therefore the children get to see how a plant develops in an amazingly quick time.
Jonathan has attended many conferences to give talks, seminars and workshops related to these plants, including several universities and the Royal Society.
The highlight of conferences came in November 2003 when he was asked to be part of a small UK delegation attending the eight-day conference “Physics on Stage” at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk in The Netherlands.
A superb eight days culminated with the UK stand winning best practical science demonstrations. A real privilege to be involved in a science conference where 22 European countries were represented by over 400 delegates. A most rewarding and enjoyable time.
Upon his return he immediately became involved in aiding the development of the Eastern England Science Learning Centre near Hatfield and was appointed as a primary schools adviser for science within Hertfordshire.
Outside of school and science, Jonathan is a keen traveller,