I qualified as a primary teacher from Exeter University in 2003 and moved to East London to begin my career. I embraced a number of opportunities and held a range of management roles before studying for a Masters in Special Education at Birmingham University and graduating in 2008 as a fully qualified Teacher of the Deaf. I have taught in Deaf units within mainstream schools in Kent and South London, using two different approaches to Deaf education; The Total Communication Approach (utilising signing, auditory, written and visual aids, depending on the child) and The Oral Approach (speech and lip-reading). My experience of special needs does extend beyond Deafness as I have worked with children with a range of relatively mild to extremely complex special educational and medical needs. I always find it very exciting, challenging and rewarding seeing these children develop, learn and succeed.
I live in Doha with my husband and three young children. I joined Compass in August 2015 and have the role of Head of Additional Learning Needs; working across all four of our campuses - Gharaffa, Madinat Khalifa, Rayyan and Themaid. I enjoy working in the international environment and meeting people from all over the world. My job is busy and has its challenges, but it is also very rewarding.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, mostly in the outdoors; taking camping trips, walking in the hills or along coastal paths, or getting out on the water in whatever way possible! I also enjoy running, swimming, playing tennis and watching musicals.
My favourite quote is one I was brought up on by my Dad: “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” However, on research it would actually seem to date back to 1746 and Lord Chesterfield of England who said, "In truth, whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” Either way, the same message, but I learned early on that my Dad was worth listening to!