From Edinburgh, Scotland, Louise graduated from the University of Dundee with an MA (Hons in Psychology and English) She went on to study at Moray House in Edinburgh to gain her PGCE and began teaching in a small preparatory school in the Perthshire countryside. After working at schools in Scotland, Louise moved to London to further her experience. She spent six years working at Prospect House Preparatory School in Putney, London before taking the plunge to teach internationally in Shanghai. After three years in Shanghai at an international school, she moved to Dubai and after a further two years, moved back to live and work in Shanghai, where she has lived and worked for the past eleven years. Throughout this 25 year period, Louise has held several middle management and leadership roles including: Head of English and Drama, Head of Geography, Literacy Coordinator and Year Six Leader. Louise has extensive experience of special needs education throught her career and has worked exclusively in learning support for the last six years. She recently gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Special Needs Education-Eduational Testing and her Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing. She is now a registered tester with the British Psychological Society and is continuing her love of lifelong learning through working towards a Master’s Degree in Special Needs Education with Middlesex University.
As a learning support teacher, Louise builds knowledge about the strengths and areas of development of each of her students. She creates positive relationships with her students to find out what truly motivates them, both in life and as learners. Communication with students, teachers and parents is her key philosophy, so that together she and they can support and extend the students as learners, and engage them fully in school life in order for them to be happy, ambitous and fulfil their potential.
After marrying her husband in 2012, Louise and her husband welcomed their son into the world in 2017. Louise’s previous activities of travel, skiing, horseriding and scuba diving then evolved into a more family centred lifestyle. With a toddler to entertain, Louise loves spending family time together: visiting restaurants, local parks, play centres and museums, and together, the family enjoys swimming and art and craft activities. Louise is very excited for her son to be part of the BISS community. She also loves finding a moment to indulge in her lifelong passion for reading and takes the opportunity, whenever possible, to visit the theatre. Louise also has two miniature poodles who demand a lot of attention!