I have 17 years' classroom teaching experience and 15 years experience of working with pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I have a certificate in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties, a PGCE Secondary French and German and BA Hons French and German. I trained as a French and German teacher in 1998 and taught for two years in a boarding school in Perthshire, Scotland, before moving to Bedford to work in a selective Independent School, where I gradually became involved in supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then trained in 2006 to teach, and subsequently to assess, pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties.
In 2015 I became SENDCo at my previous school, leading a department of two dyslexia support teachers, two specialist teachers and one Learning Support Assistant. Together we supported pupils with a variety of Support Needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and ASD. I am also a trained yoga and teen yoga teacher, which I believe helps me in supporting pupils with SEND.
At My Online Schooling, I oversee and coordinate the support for our pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This involves liaising with pupils, families, teachers and external agencies to ensure we are doing all we can to support our pupils.
What I love most about my role is being able to work with pupils and their families and seeing that we can make such a difference in their lives, allowing them access to education, which they may have struggled to access in a physical school.
I like to spend my free time with family and friends or climbing, doing yoga, reading and going for walks by the sea.