Joanne Wacha: Making Models

Joanne Wacha was born in 1984 in Harrow, London. Joanne attended local mainstream primary and secondary schools and also spent time in hospital, attending the hospital school, after becoming ill at the age of thirteen. After school she went on to a local sixth form college, then a residential special college and then on to university.

Here Joanne describes how her Science teacher was a role model for her.

  • Joanne Wacha
  • Joanne Wacha
  • Joanne Wacha


And the teacher I had was a black woman called – what was her name, Francis, I loved her because she was the only black teacher I’d ever had and she was so pretty, she had really, really short hair, really tall and we would make models, ‘cause she was mainly a Science teacher and I just remember with my hands, ‘cause little did I know this would help bring my hands and fingers and feeling back, we would make models of ears, noses and she would from that teach me how the ear works and what this was called and that was called.

It was amazing ‘cause I didn’t think too much of Science but I did enjoy doing Science with her and I just remember her saying, ‘Well we’ll do this model,’ and it was obviously of a white ear because that’s what they show and she’s like, ‘This doesn’t have to be a white ear, we can paint it brown, let’s paint it brown ‘cause your ear is brown and we’ll paint it brown,’ and it just, I don’t know, I really really liked her.

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