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.
I believe that children learn best when they are valued as individual people and where their work is carefully personalized according to their individual needs. If this is done successfully then they will be able to fulfil their true potential and shine!
- Universities Attended: Bournemouth University, Kingston University, Exeter University
- Degrees Earned: BA Hons Communication
- Certifications Earned: PGCE in General Primary, Post-Graduate Certificate Coordinating Special Educational Needs