I grew up on the beautiful south coast of England with my two brothers, a sister and a succession of pets. I attended Mountbatten School in Romsey, Hampshire and went on to study for a bachelor’s degree in Communication at Bournemouth University. When I was young, I had always wanted to be a primary school teacher, so decided to venture up to London and undertake a PGCE at Kingston University. I qualified as a teacher in 2006 and made the move back to Bournemouth. Throughout my ten year teaching career, I have taught in three large, multicultural junior schools. Special Educational Needs is a real passion of mine and for the last eight years, I have been a Senior Leader and led Inclusion in two schools. In 2012, I gained a post-graduate certificate in Coordinating Special Educational Needs from Exeter University. Another passion of mine are the Performing Arts; I believe children can gain so much in both their learning and confidence through the arts.
Outside of school, I have many interests. I love to travel; I have been lucky enough to have seen a lot of the world, but there is still so much to see. When living in Chicago, I hope to discover and visit many places in America. I also very much enjoy keeping fit; this could be either running, swimming, cycling or going to the gym. I am eager to do my first marathon very soon (easier said than done!). While in Chicago, I am looking forward to visiting its theaters and museums. I have a keen interest in history and art.
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