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Lorraine Solti - Science technician

Name: Lorraine Solti

Job Role: Science technician

School: The Regis School, Bognor Regis

Bio: A school science technician since 1996, with previous experience as a biology technician and school cleaner

My career history includes five years as a biology technician at St Ivel (a UK dairy brand) and a stint as a cleaner in a primary school, but I have been a school science technician since 1996.

Working as a school science technician is rewarding because it produces practical and tangible outcomes for the children. I have been able to develop my skills at the school and it is a positive and supportive environment to work in. I enjoy lesson preparation and helping students fulfil their potential.

Working in a school isn't just a job - you can't just go to work and plod through the day. Children's lives are involved and I believe I make a positive impact on their life chances. I enjoy using my knowledge of science and encouraging the pupils to solve problems and think critically. The most challenging aspect of the job is the lack of control I have over the planning of lessons and school priorities.

I have GCSEs in a range of subjects plus physics, chemistry and biology. The latter were gained at evening classes.

Lorraine Solti