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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.