I have always wanted to teach. Some of my earliest memories involve setting up classrooms for my younger sister and making her take part in extensive outdoor Science lessons. (She is very successful as an adult, which I am sure is down to this early education!).
My own education was spent in England, Spain and the US due to my father’s career in the travel industry. I was exposed to a variety of education systems and travelled extensively in many different countries. I come from a multi-national background; my mother is German, English and Austrian, my father was Spanish with family in Spain, North Africa and South America. These varied experiences have enabled me to understand the value of diversity; one of my underlying rules in life is that diversity should be valued and differences celebrated. It is important for children to share their similarities and explore and value difference.
A need for travel has stayed with me, and I have continued to travel with my husband and now with our own children. Backpacking adventures with three children under ten has been one of the most exciting things I have ever done! At home, I enjoy reading, cooking and being as creative as my schedule allows. I am a failed knitter but am learning to sew with the help of my mother, who is a master quilter. I recently completed a very small cushion cover. (Baby steps!).
As a teacher, I have taught in inner-city London schools, in rural coastal schools and in suburban schools. My specialism has always been around the development of reading and writing. I was Early Years and Children’s Centre Manager at a large inner-city school for many years, and also trained teachers across the South East in using synthetic phonics with their classes. I worked with childminders to support their work with children in the Early Years curriculum and ran drop-in groups for parents to understand their children’s early learning and how to support it. I have also been able to establish my own business as a private tutor with a focus on the 11+ and developing children’s literacy skills across the Primary curriculum.
We are all on a lifelong learning journey, and I find myself learning from the children that I teach as well as the families I work with. Having my own children has changed who I am as a teacher, and as they have moved through their Primary education, I have developed a deeper understanding of the concerns that parents have for their children in this ever-changing world.
I look forward to sharing this learning journey with you.