I started working with EAL children after my degree in Applied Linguistics and Language teaching and have led EAL (English as an Additional Language) teams in three other International Schools – Bangkok Patana School in Thailand, The British International School Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and The British School Warsaw in Poland. In the two latter schools, I was Head of Inclusion overseeing the provision for both EAL and SEN (Special Educational Needs).
I embarked on my Masters in Special Education to better understand the murky overlap between EAL and Learning Differences. This was an exciting professionally journey for me as I unpicked and discovered the myriad connections and styles of processing made by the complicated human brain. However, my dissertation brought me back to the field of EAL and tools in identifying an EAL child who presents with a learning difference.
In my free time, I enjoy visiting new places and trying new cuisines often picking up ideas for my own cooking which I also enjoy. I am married to Louis Bezodis – a teacher in Secondary and we have two sons, both at University in the UK. I am very excited about getting to know Guangzhou and then China – a country that I have long had a fascination for. I am trying to learn Mandarin which is not easy but it helps me to have more empathy for my students.