With a background in biochemistry, specifically microbial genetics, Naomi trained as a chemistry teacher. Over more than 15 years of teaching she has become increasingly aware of the impact that language has on the learning and teaching of chemistry. She is currently studying for a master's degree in education (applied linguistics).
Naomi's classroom research is focused on oracy as a tool to build both familiarity and understanding of the language of chemistry. She uses collaborative learning and oracy pedagogy to encouraging students to think about and explore their understanding of chemical concepts. Through these techniques she strives to connect practical work with its underlying chemical concepts and facilitate active learning.