Following graduation Alison worked as an assistant psychologist in a residential school for young people with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. It was here she developed an interest in teaching and went on to complete her teacher training. As a passionate advocate for inclusive education, her professional interests focus on supporting individuals on the Autistic spectrum and the reduction of challenging behaviours through therapeutic interventions.
Originally from the north east of England, Alison moved to Singapore from Bangkok where she had been teaching children with learning and behavioural needs. She loves to experience different cultures and international teaching gives her the opportunity to travel, while using her skills and experience to support children and young people with additional needs. In the UK Alison was Deputy SENCO at a large special needs school in north west London and has previously worked in a variety of settings such as special and mainstream schools, child and adolescent mental health units and respite centres for children with wide-ranging needs.
As a life-long learner herself, Alison recently qualified as a Psychotherapist and will be using her new skills to support children, parents and staff here at DCIS within her leadership role. When she's not studying she enjoys being outdoors camping, hiking or at live music events and festivals. Having got over being a fussy eater while living in South America she is now very much a foodie and love to try new and exotic dishes. However, she is a terrible cook so the variety and convenience of eating out in Singapore is a definite plus point! A keen traveller, she has now visited many wonderful countries but still believe that North Yorkshire, her home county, has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.