Madeleine Akers

BA, PGCE

I have always been intrigued by languages. I will never forget going on holiday to Spain with my family and hearing the children’s entertainers speaking to us in so many languages. I thought they were amazing. My grandmother bought me my first Spanish dictionary when I was seven. I had no idea how to use it, but I knew I wanted to know what all the words meant. It is now a family heirloom and takes pride of place on my bookcase.

As soon as I went to Secondary school, I began learning French and German. They were my favourite subjects, but I still had a burning desire to learn Spanish, so I began teaching myself after school. Eventually, in 2000, I realised my lifelong dream of studying a BA honours degree in French and Spanish at Nottingham Trent University. I loved every second of my degree, especially learning about the history and politics of the countries.

I spent my third year abroad, six months studying in Strasbourg and six months studying in Salamanca. Both were beautiful places and embedded my passion even deeper for language learning. I cannot wait to revisit them with my own children.

After my degree, I knew I wanted to share my passion for languages and began my teacher training. I went to the University of Leeds to complete my PGCE in French and Spanish. Following my PGCE, I went on to teach in an independent school in North Yorkshire for four years. I had a brief break from teaching while my children were small and then began teaching part-time in an independent school near Sheffield, where I currently still work. I am lucky enough to teach French and Spanish from nursery up to Year 11. I absolutely love the variety my role brings.

I enjoy spending time with my family in my spare time; my three young children keep me very busy! I really enjoy cooking and family trips to the seaside. I also run the tuck-shop for my son’s football team at the weekend. It’s lots of fun, but not when it’s raining! As well as a passion for reading, I also love nothing more than watching French and Spanish series on Netflix!

I am an enthusiastic and caring teacher, motivated by the belief that all children can be successful learners. I am looking forward to being your Tutor at Wolsey Hall.

Subjects: French, Spanish