I obtained my teaching qualification through a degree in Primary Education from Bangor University in Wales, UK (2012-2015). The experiences and practices that I gained during my degree highlighted to me that my passion and interests lay with teaching children with special educational needs. For this reason, I went on to study a masters degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis (2015-2016). This gave me extensive knowledge and understanding on applying the psychological principles of learning, specifically for children with SEN. The masters degree also gave me the opportunity to intern as an ABA therapist in a local special school, under the supervision of a BCBA, where I was able to practice and apply all that I was learning. Following the completion of my masters degree, I began working as an SEN teacher in a special school in Wales where I was a classroom teacher for up to 8 children who had a range of high needs - including non-verbal ASD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and others.
At St Andrews, I am enjoying exploring the use of an inclusive environment to support the development of children with SEN, as well as their peers in the mainstream classrooms. The STARS Programme at St Andrews offers an individualised program, within an inclusive mainstream school, to ensure all learners are getting the support they need, and the opportunity to thrive. I feel very lucky to work alongside our school Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapist, Art Therapist, Play Therapist, Learning Support Assistant and the mainstream class teachers, to support all of our learners to reach their full potential.