Countdown's Rachel praises inspirational Southend teacher

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley

First published in News

COUNTDOWN star and Thorpe Bay native Rachel Riley has lavished praise on her former physics teacher at Southend High School for Girls.

Writing in the Times Education Supplement, the 28-year-old said Paul Betts, who taught her for three years at the school, opened up a world of “glorious tangents” with his unconventional teaching methods.

She said his classes were always wonderful to be in and inspired her degree choice, which would ultimately set her off on a path to replacing Carol Vorderman on the Channel 4 game show in 2009.

Riley said: “He wasn’t afraid to go off on a tangent. “We once found ourselves discussing quantum universe, stuff about quantum particles – the sort of thing you’d never cover at that age – because we kept asking questions and he kept answering them. And it got to the point where he said: “You know what? I don’t know the answer. Actually, no one knows. That’s what we’re trying to find out.

“That’s why I made my degree choice – applied maths with elements of physics, at Oxford. It intrigued me, thanks to Mr Betts. “It was him who encouraged me to apply to Oxbridge. He came to the school, saw something in me and pushed me.”

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11:05am Tue 13 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

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(gag) Happy Chickie
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11:36am Tue 13 May 14

pembury53 says...

what a glorious sight she is, the undoubted jewell in southends otherwise slightly shabby crown..... magnificent
what a glorious sight she is, the undoubted jewell in southends otherwise slightly shabby crown..... magnificent pembury53
  • Score: 4

11:53am Tue 13 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
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you sound jealous.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]you sound jealous. DogsMessInLeigh
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12:03pm Tue 13 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird. Happy Chickie
  • Score: -3

12:36pm Tue 13 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
I don't buy the echo anymore due to the large increase in price so I come on here...i browse..i comment if i feel the need to..i go away and do other stuff..then check back in, then out, then in, then out, in out in out in out in out in out in out in out if you really must know, seems i touched a raw nerve with my jealous comment, how weird.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird.[/p][/quote]I don't buy the echo anymore due to the large increase in price so I come on here...i browse..i comment if i feel the need to..i go away and do other stuff..then check back in, then out, then in, then out, in out in out in out in out in out in out in out if you really must know, seems i touched a raw nerve with my jealous comment, how weird. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -2

12:43pm Tue 13 May 14

costa-del-blowfly says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
Forget to log out and back in?
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird.[/p][/quote]Forget to log out and back in? costa-del-blowfly
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Tue 13 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
I don't buy the echo anymore due to the large increase in price so I come on here...i browse..i comment if i feel the need to..i go away and do other stuff..then check back in, then out, then in, then out, in out in out in out in out in out in out in out if you really must know, seems i touched a raw nerve with my jealous comment, how weird.
Which means you comment on every single story.

Don't kid yourself, jealousy isn't part of my makeup so no you are wrong on that count.

I must have hit a nerve with the you spend every waking moment on here, you rabbited on enough about it.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird.[/p][/quote]I don't buy the echo anymore due to the large increase in price so I come on here...i browse..i comment if i feel the need to..i go away and do other stuff..then check back in, then out, then in, then out, in out in out in out in out in out in out in out if you really must know, seems i touched a raw nerve with my jealous comment, how weird.[/p][/quote]Which means you comment on every single story. Don't kid yourself, jealousy isn't part of my makeup so no you are wrong on that count. I must have hit a nerve with the you spend every waking moment on here, you rabbited on enough about it. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 0

1:03pm Tue 13 May 14

DAGASMAN says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
No need 4 da hatin, im sure u will find a man hu finds u bareable 1 day
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird.[/p][/quote]No need 4 da hatin, im sure u will find a man hu finds u bareable 1 day DAGASMAN
  • Score: -3

1:21pm Tue 13 May 14

Happy Chickie says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
No need 4 da hatin, im sure u will find a man hu finds u bareable 1 day
Come back when you can speak proper English.
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird.[/p][/quote]No need 4 da hatin, im sure u will find a man hu finds u bareable 1 day[/p][/quote]Come back when you can speak proper English. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Tue 13 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
(gag)
Not at all.

But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity.

You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented.

How weird.
I don't buy the echo anymore due to the large increase in price so I come on here...i browse..i comment if i feel the need to..i go away and do other stuff..then check back in, then out, then in, then out, in out in out in out in out in out in out in out if you really must know, seems i touched a raw nerve with my jealous comment, how weird.
Which means you comment on every single story.

Don't kid yourself, jealousy isn't part of my makeup so no you are wrong on that count.

I must have hit a nerve with the you spend every waking moment on here, you rabbited on enough about it.
Of course not, check all the storys i only comment on a few, i also get some fun from it as well(you do know what that is ?) this place can be very amusing, its just my Name stands out so gets noticed more, comments are welcomed and theres no limits set, so tuff poop.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: (gag)[/p][/quote]Not at all. But it is a non story from a Z list celebrity. You must spend every waking moment on here. I don't think I have seen one story ever where you haven't commented. How weird.[/p][/quote]I don't buy the echo anymore due to the large increase in price so I come on here...i browse..i comment if i feel the need to..i go away and do other stuff..then check back in, then out, then in, then out, in out in out in out in out in out in out in out if you really must know, seems i touched a raw nerve with my jealous comment, how weird.[/p][/quote]Which means you comment on every single story. Don't kid yourself, jealousy isn't part of my makeup so no you are wrong on that count. I must have hit a nerve with the you spend every waking moment on here, you rabbited on enough about it.[/p][/quote]Of course not, check all the storys i only comment on a few, i also get some fun from it as well(you do know what that is ?) this place can be very amusing, its just my Name stands out so gets noticed more, comments are welcomed and theres no limits set, so tuff poop. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Tue 13 May 14

E.C.M. says...

If you can read this, thank a teacher!
If you can read this, thank a teacher! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

6:09pm Tue 13 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

E.C.M. wrote:
If you can read this, thank a teacher!
And if you can read this in English Thank the army!
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: If you can read this, thank a teacher![/p][/quote]And if you can read this in English Thank the army! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -1

6:18pm Tue 13 May 14

supermadmax says...

"He came to the school, saw something in me and pushed me"

I wonder what he saw in you?

:@Rachel , I understand you still live in thorpe bay, I was wondering do you get the train to London like all normal commuters or do the programme makers send a car to get you ?
"He came to the school, saw something in me and pushed me" I wonder what he saw in you? :@Rachel , I understand you still live in thorpe bay, I was wondering do you get the train to London like all normal commuters or do the programme makers send a car to get you ? supermadmax
  • Score: 1

7:40pm Tue 13 May 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"He came to the school, saw something in me and pushed me.”
------


stamp out bullying in schools.
"He came to the school, saw something in me and pushed me.” ------ stamp out bullying in schools. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

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