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Lesley McDonald

Leslie McDonald

Year 6 Amber Teacher

BSc (Hons) Management Science, Loughborough University

GTP Primary Education, Reading University

Prior to teaching, Lesley worked in marketing and advertising for a major television station, managing a portfolio of clients’ advertising campaigns. After three years in London she moved to Portsmouth, where she began her teacher training. Her first teaching post was in a mixed Year 4/5 class in Emsworth before teaching Year 6 in Purbrook.

Arriving in 2007, Lesley initially taught in Year 3 and has since taught in Years 5 and 6.  She held the position of Primary Student Progress Co-ordinator for 3 years, working in the Primary Leadership team before going off on maternity leave in 2013.

Lesley believes teaching children is a real honour – it gives her the chance to help shape the lives of future generations.  She feels that every child should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and to make the world a better place.  Lesley loves giving children that chance, not only by trying to provide an excellent academic grounding but also to guide her students to be caring, considerate and ethical individuals.

Spare time is quite a luxury these days as she has a young daughter and, at the time of writing,  is expecting another in February 2016.  However, if Lesley does get a spare minute, she loves playing sport and is passionate about playing and coaching netball.