As a teacher I strive to meet the individual needs for learners. Myself having had some difficulty in primary school, I remember all too well the angst of not ‘getting it’ in lessons. My aim is to remove those barriers to learning by involving the students on their learning journey, creating a belief that anything is possible. I envision a Learning Resource Center where staff, parents and students come together to create the best support available. In order for to us to build confident and ambitious individuals, it is vital that they are given not only the knowledge and understanding to feel comfortable with their own abilities, but more: The tools to communicate, the skills to work out a solution independently and the opportunities to grow academically, as well as socially and emotionally. I see myself as a whole person: a teacher, a member of the community but also as an individual with my own interests and hobbies. For teachers to create these confident students, the ambitious learners, the contributors and citizens for the future we need to make sure we know how to best support students to become their own whole person, with the understanding inside them that their opportunities really are limitless.
- Universities Attended: University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh.
- Degrees Earned: MA (Hons) in Psychology, PGDE in Primary Education.
- Certifications Earned: COSCA Award in Counselling Skills.
- Professional Development Experiences: Co-operative Learning Academy (Chris Ward), Creating Confident Pupils through Circle Time (Jenny Mosley), Introducing Children to Music (National Scottish Orchestra), Middle Leadership Training (Nord Anglia University), Looking for Learning (Martin Skelton), Creating Learning without Limits (Dame Alison Peacock).
What our students say:
"Mr. McNeill likes to teach us new things with a song, he knows a song about everything!"
"Mr. McNeill is good because even if you don’t think you know the answer, you can make a guess and he gets really excited about it."
"I think Mr. McNeill reads a lot because he reads us stories and puts on silly voices and pretends to be the characters. He can be a funny giant and once he was an old lady with a fluffy cat."