Biographies of the bloggers

Welcome to the bloggers

Claire and Laura are writing the Psychology Sorted: key research to support students and teachers. It will be published online and in print later this year.

Laura Swash has been teaching IB Diploma Psychology for nearly twenty years.  She is an author of online and printed educational materials and co-author of teacher and student books on Approaches to Learning and Psychology. 

She has in the past been a teacher, a coordinator, and secondary head of two different international schools, but now works as an IB Diploma examiner and leads workshops for teachers and students on Psychology and also on Approaches to Learning.  She loves scuba diving, riding, walking, gardening, films and reading, and is currently teaching herself the keyboard.  Laura works from her home on the small Portuguese island of Porto Santo, sister island to Madeira.

Claire Neeson has been a teacher for longer than she cares to think about! She started off teaching English as a foreign language in Japan then moved on to teaching English and Drama in British schools before finally realising that her true passion was people and why they do the things they do: hence her conversion to the ‘dark side’ of Psychology teaching. Claire currently teaches IB Psychology at a school in Cambridge, UK, as well as writing online materials for IB Psychology and presenting at workshops.  When she’s not slaving away in the classroom or at her laptop Claire loves ice skating, roller skating, travelling and eating Japanese food (her DNA is now 1% sushi).