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Alison Matthews

Alison Mathews 2017-18

Reception Leader

I grew up in the South East of England (Kent) with my parents and older sister. I’ve always been interested in how children learn, and my first degree in Psychology gave me a great insight into this. During this time, I lived in London for three years and developed an admiration for big cities and all the exciting things they have to offer. My fascination with new cities continued when I took a gap year after my degree and explored South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I cannot wait to move to Chicago and discover all it has to offer. Having visited briefly last year, I loved the diverse mix of music and arts around the city. Having played the drums as a child/teenager, I have a love for live music and am really excited about the Julliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program the school has. I am an amateur runner and look forward to finding new routes around all the beautiful parks in Chicago and along the lakefront.

Learning should be personalized to each student. Children are individuals and learn in different ways. I believe my background in Psychology and Special Educational Needs has well equipped me in understanding how individual children learn. This has allowed me to tailor my teaching to the individual needs of my pupils. Personalized learning is fundamental in Early Years, as this is when a child’s approach to learning is developed. I believe, when learning is personalized, it is challenging, exciting and engaging. It allows individuals to reach their optimum potential and achieve more. My implementation of personalized learning was recently praised by Ofsted in March 2016. My EYFS Department was awarded Outstanding (as was the whole school) specifically noting individuals making a “flying start” in Early Years. Having spent 5 years as an EYFS teacher, I have developed a strong awareness of the positive impact personalized learning can have on a child’s attitude to learning and their desire to be inquisitive.

  • Universities Attended: Roehampton University London, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Degrees Earned: 1. Psychology. 2. Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) 3. National Award for SEN Coordination (Special Educational Needs Post Graduate Degree)
  • Professional Development Experiences: Mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers, Early Years and Foundation Stage Leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator