I have a masters level education in special educational needs and literacy difficulties. I have taught all subjects for over 13 years and English and History at Secondary level. I also feel confident in maths. I use multimedia and visuals to help make ideas concrete and I structure lessons using the feedback of the student. I especially know how hard it is to take tests and sit exams and I can help with that in a friendly, patient and kind manner.
I am an experienced SENDCo with a passion for helping pupils achieve their full potential no matter their starting points. After 13 years in schools I can say I've had a wide variety of experience , working with looked after children, in special needs settings, in mainstream primary and secondary schools and one to one with adults. I specialise in working with pupils with ASD and dyslexia, with specialist qualifications in both areas but I have worked with a wide range of special needs and disabilities. Most importantly I feel passionate about supporting all pupils, whether you have an additional need or not.
I have taught English up to GCSE level and I am able to teach maths to a foundation level. I currently tutor in History and can support with Study skills and preparing for exams. I approach each lesson with the individual in mind and provide detailed feedback after each session.
A cancellation notice of 24 hours is required. Less than 24 hours notice will result in a charge for the lesson.
2017-2018 Oxford Brookes University
Postgraduate Diploma in Literacy Difficulties, Masters Level (Merit)
Modules: Literature Review, Case Study
2016-2017 University of Northampton
National Award for SEN Coordination, Masters Level
Modules: Case Study and Research Project
2013-2014 The Lioncare Group
Therapeutic Childcare and Education, Pass
Modules: Child Development, Group and Organisational Dynamics, Primary Care and Emotional Wellbeing
2009-2010 University of Brighton
Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Merit)
Modules: Contract (63%), Land (59%), EU (68%), Tort (60%), Equity and Trusts (62%), Public Law (66%), Criminal (55%)
2002-2006 The Pennsylvania State University, USA
B.Sc (Hons) Primary Education (3.91 GPA)
Modules included: Social and Personal Development, Psychology (A), Developmental Psychology (A), Intelligence and Education Policy (A) and Public Speaking (A)
1998-2002 Lincoln Park High School, USA
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Advanced Placement Credit (University level course work)
English Literature (B), Biology (A), European History (B), U.S. History (B)
High School Diploma: Equivalent to GCSE Grades A-C in Maths, Science and English
September 2016--August 2018, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Campion School, Northampton
Coordinate and evaluate the additional support for pupils with additional needs.
Designated Teacher for Looked After Children and pupils with English as an Additional Language.
Manage support staff.
January 2015--August 2016, Teacher in Charge, Bourne Student Support Centre for Social Communication Difficulties, Southbourne
Manage and lead the operation of a resourced provision attached to a mainstream secondary school.
Support the academic, social and emotional development of pupils with significant, complex needs by leading, writing and evaluating a range of interventions.
April 2011--December 2014, Therapeutic Teacher, The Amicus Community, Arundel
Manage and lead the operation of the lower school for the Amicus Community, supporting children in long-term care
Commit to ongoing professional development and understanding of group dynamics and psychodynamic principles.
Oct 2008 – July 2010, Supply Teacher, Teaching Personnel, Brighton
Worked collaboratively with schools and teachers to provide cover for absent teachers.
Coped calmly with unexpected situations and problems on a daily basis.
Aug 2006 –Aug 2008, Class Teacher, West Sussex County Council, Ashington
Responsible for the progress and education of children in the school.
Performed under pressure to meet deadlines during an Ofsted evaluation.
Jan 2003 – May 2005, Learning Skills Tutor, Penn State University Learning Centres, USA
Advised and supported struggling students to improve their study habits.
Led large study groups and presentations, tailoring information to the needs of the audience.
June 2004, Researcher, Summer Research Programme, University of Illinois at Chicago
Collaborated with a senior lecturer to develop a research project, collect and analyse data and present findings at the end of the programme.
Academic achievements include: Bunton-Waller Fellow (Full academic scholarship); PSU Deans List (an award for excellent marks given every term); and Member of the Schreyer Honors College. A strong academic record also helped me secure summer internship offers with the then Senator Barack Obama and the City of Chicago.
Other achievements: Co-founder of the Multicultural Education Student Association (an organisation for the support of ethnic minorities); recent success in a number of writing competitions, winning hotel stays and more; and gaining qualified status as literacy tutor for the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps.
Communication: I lead training, staff meetings, write reports and teach.
Computing: I have a good command of Microsoft Office, most email and internet access programmes, interactive whiteboards and data entry programmes, SIMS, SYSRA and Progresso.
I enjoy exercise, walking in the woods near my home, going on walks with my dog or riding my bike. I also enjoy watching sport, especially American football and darts.
Visiting theatres and cinemas is one of my favourite hobbies. I particularly love musical theatre.
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