James Croft

I'm a 25 year-old candidate for an Ed.D in Human Development and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I graduated from HGSE in June '08 with an M.Ed in Arts in Education. I am privileged to have been made a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, which has enabled me to continue my studies.

I am also an Ambassador for the Teach First program, from which I graduated wih distinction in July 2007. Under the program I spent two years teaching English (and some Drama!) in Longford Community School in Feltham, West London. This was an extraordinarily challenging and invaluable experience, and I will never forget the professionalism and dedication of the teachers I worked with, nor the good-naturedness and fundamental decency of the children who had the bizarre experience of having me as a teacher.

In 2005 I graduated from The University of Cambridge, having read Education-Studies with Drama and English: an area of study that continues to enthrall and inspire me today.

I am an experienced actor and singer, having performed in many locations around the world including St Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Statue of Liberty, Shakespeare's Globe, the Barbican, and the Royal Albert Hall. I have sung with the Surrey Youth Choir and National Youth Choir of Great Britain, under many renowned conductors and choral leaders, and have taken on such varied roles as Oedipus, Jacques and Touchstone ('As You Like It'), Thomas Becket (Murder in the Cathedral) and Father Christmas (numerous times).

For two years I worked part-time for the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project, a charity that takes Shakespeare into prisons around the UK. During my association with LSW I visited HMP Send, Highpoint, Brixton and Pentonville, and helped organise a production of 'The House of Bernarda Alba' that was performed at the Criterion Theatre in London. This was the first occasion in which inmates from a closed prison (HMP Send) were given leave to perform on a London Stage.

I have extensive experience of working with children as a drama and singing teacher, which I started in my early teens as a volunteer on school-based outreach programs.

I am a huge fan of anything Fantasy/Sci-Fi, and am an avid gamer, with THREE level 70 characters on World of Warcraft and WAY too many hours spent playing games of all kinds. While at school I even developed a board game with other students which we tried to sell to Hasbro, to no avail!

Looking for: teachers, people to learn with and interesting things.

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