Sam Nimmo is a British expat living in Sydney. Sam has a Masters from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences and an MPhil(Sc) in Chemistry from Birmingham University.
Sam has worked in the education departments in both the Science Museum (London) and the Natural History Museum (London).
Sam was previously employed as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University (UK) where she taught the S103 Discovering Science course (covering chemistry, biology, ecology, earth science and physics, plus remedial maths classes). During this time she also mentored other science tutors.
Sam has volunteered in local schools and has been a private tutor for many students from the ages of 6 years up to 40-somethings wanting to change career.
Sam started home educating her eldest child shortly after the family moved to Sydney, around 11 years ago. All Sam’s four children have been home educated for varying lengths of time. Currently (January 2022) only one is home educated, two are in secondary school and the eldest is now a university student.
Sam has been tutoring NSW school and university students since around 2015 and has also organised many educational activities for home educating students in the Sydney area. These include the Nurture Learning classes discussed in this blog.
Sam has completed the Big History Project teacher training program and is available to lead groups of students through this curriculum. Sam also broadcast free online ‘Poetry Teatimes’ during the first COVID-19 lockdown and is open to developing or delivering other courses in the future.
When not teaching her students or her own children, Sam is a fan of the ‘Zombies Run’ phone app. She completed her first (and only) marathon in September 2019 and listened to the Zombies Run audio all around the course. Sadly, as of June 2021 Sam has been injured and can hardly walk 1 km, let alone run 42.2 km. Luckily she keeps herself diverted with various other activities including sewing, knitting and listening to podcasts. Currently her favourite podast is ‘Rereading the Stone’ which is an in-depth analysis of the classic 18th century Chinese novel ‘Hong Lou Meng’.