What experience do I have?
- 5 years combined tutoring & teaching assistant experience
- English Literature & Education (BA Hons) degree
- SEN experience, including dyslexia and autism
- Enhanced DBS (CRB) checked
Three of my favourite lessons so far:
- Writing hilarious Edward Lear style nonsense poetry,
- editing a magazine about The Sims with a student that was a self-confessed super-fan!
- a fascinating debate on whether imagination makes human beings unique.
Where did it begin?
Once upon a time, in the early 2000s, my teacher at secondary school had given the class a job aptitude test. Looking through my results, (Chief pencil sharpener? Too dull. Loch Ness Monster handler? Too unlikely) I noticed a career that really interested me - primary school teacher.
Inspired to achieved two As in GCSE English literature and English language, I took English language at college, and then studied for a degree in English literature & education at university.
What happened next?
At this point I realised that while I still wanted to educate young minds, a role as a class teacher might not be the career for me. I spent the next year volunteering as a classroom assistant, which I loved. Then, in the intervening years, I worked as 1:1 teaching assistant in primary schools.
I developed my empathy and listening skills working alongside children from Year 3 to Year 6 with a range of SEN, including those with autism and anger-management problems. I made so much progress with my 1:1 students and created such a bond with them that I continued to work with those same children for another year.
I realised that I would love to dedicate more time to helping children access learning in an exciting way and that tutoring would give me the perfect opportunity to do just that!
Where are we now?
It's now 2021 and education has been affected more than any time in living memory. The need for extra support is increasingly necessary, and I appreciate every opportunity I'm able to help children achieve their full potential.
I've supported learners from all over the UK and even Canada! If you live a bit further afield, then I would love to support you online over Zoom.
Once it's safe to do so, I'll be able to travel across West Sussex to your home, covering Worthing, Shoreham, Henfield, Horsham and the surrounding areas.
I believe the most important quality in a teacher is to connect with students on a real, human, personal level and to believe that they can succeed.