Tutor Profile - Lynn Fleary
18 September 2019
Cake decorating and sugarcraft
I currently run City & Guilds level 1 and 2 Cake decorating and Sugarcraft as well as mixed ability clothes making in the arts department. I’m also planning non-accredited cake decorating, a five-week baking class and possibly a few creative sewing classes.
I think teaching today is so rewarding on many levels - interacting with learners, and getting to know them beyond the formality of the classroom. I like seeing a learner grow in understanding of the subject being taught; in their confidence and achievement, helping them overcome obstacles; and supporting them through the difficulties of returning to learning as an adult.
My teaching style is quite relaxed as the subjects I teach require a small amount of formality, rules and regulations, but huge amounts of creativity – therefore I love the ebb and flow of quirky thoughts and ideas coming to life. I figure if my enthusiasm for teaching a subject which I enjoy is clear that some of that will impact on the learners - so they too will get the very best of my knowledge and come away feeling they have learnt and achieved during their time with me.
Over the years I have had some very talented students pass through. It is incredibly heart-warming and inspiring to see my students leave and set up businesses and flourish. Currently five of my previous learners are doing just that.
Having recently met Selasi from The Great British Bake Off, his young but humble passion and drive to make his mark on the industry with his baking and love for food and business is inspirational.
I set up and run the West London British Sugarcraft Guild club in Fulham, meeting up once a month. I teach a wide variety of sugarcraft skills and run workshops, inviting demonstrators and Sugarcraft professionals from across the country to share their knowledge of skill and business.
I volunteer once a week with my local youth club providing art activities for the under 11s and work closely with the 11-16s in crafting and mentoring.
Outside work, my children and grandchildren are the centre of my world.
In my spare time (ha ha!) I love to grasp the opportunity to create something for myself, be it sewing or baking, however that does not happen very often! I keep a journal of Lynn’s Big Ideas - there is a lot in it but have not yet found the time to execute them...YET!