Originally from Northern Ireland, I moved to England to study one of the only SEN teaching degrees offered in the UK, at the University of Cumbria. I graduated in Special Educational Needs with Inclusion, with 2:1 (Hons). This allowed me to study and experience the broad spectrum of special needs, from moderate to severe learning difficulties. After graduating, I traveled home to work for the Education Authority within a mainstream unit of a Primary School. This was an inclusive setting where children with social and communication difficulties were integrated within the mainstream school, at suitable opportunities. This allowed access to learning at their own level and ability while remaining in a mainstream community. I used my certificate from institute of British sign language as a form of communication within this setting. With the input of various strategies, pupils were able to access the National Curriculum at varying paces and abilities. Whilst this was a challenging job, I found it extremely rewarding.
I love being abroad and I feel privileged that I now have access to such beautiful places within Thailand and its surrounding countries. My weekends are spent exploring and appreciating all that Thailand has to offer.
With a strong passion for inclusion, I appreciate the effort that goes into the diversity of each pupil, here at St Andrews. Both staff and pupils embrace each others strengths and learn from one another in doing so, making for an inclusive community. The intervention and provision offered throughout St Andrews is vast, however, with the STARs programme and the Learning support Team, I find myself particularly keen to contribute to the ongoing support St Andrews offers to all pupils.