An Interview with Ms Nicoll

Marymount Biology Teacher


Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in London, but my parents are originally from Hong Kong. I spent the last six years in China, and I just moved back to London in July.

What made you want to pursue Biology, and now teach it?

I actually studied biochemistry as an undergraduate, but I was really interested in all of the biological molecules and in how our body functions, so I decided to further pursue biology, and then teach it.

What made you want to come and teach here at Marymount?

It is just such a lovely school! I remember the first time I came to this school for an interview back in 2007, and when I walked into the campus I remember thinking how it is so nice here and how all the students and staff are so welcoming and friendly. So, when I learnt I was coming back to teach here, I was super excited.

During your time here, what has been the most memorable/favourite event for you?

It has been very nice to reconnect with the people that I used to work with. I’ve stayed in touch with a lot of them since I’ve been away and it has just been so nice to get to know the students again and realise how lucky I am to be here with everyone. It is so lovely.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Friendly, reliable, and kind.

What are your extracurricular interests and passions outside of teaching?

I play the piano, I love to travel, and I love animals. I used to work at an animal charity in China, and I really enjoy cooking!

Do you have a favourite book/movie/TV show? If so, what are they?

My favourite book growing up was actually the ‘Little Prince’ and recently, I re-read it and it is just a wonderful book and has a great message.

What is your favourite quote?

One of my friends told me that ‘everything happens for a reason’, and I think that’s my favourite quote as I genuinely believe in that message, especially when we have tough times. As rubbish as it might seem during the time, when we reflect afterwards, there is so much we can learn from and we realise that there was a reason behind it happening.

Give a fun fact about yourself.

I just brought three dogs and a cat on my way back from China to London, on the Eurostar!