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Mrs Donna Powell ...Who we are

About

Job Title: Specific Learning Difficulties
Time at Airthrie: 16 Years (September 2001)
Qualification(s): BSc New Hampshire 1978, MSc 1986, Dip SpLD

I am originally from New Hampshire, USA where I received a BSEd in Special Needs/Primary Ed and later a MSEd (in Primary Education/Early Years) in New York State. My teaching experience in the US involved teaching pre-school SEN children, primary SEN and middle-school SEN children. I am a member of the Gloucestershire Patoss (Professional Association for teachers and assessors of students with specific learning difficulties) group and attend their workshops to keep up-to-date.

After moving to the UK I pursued further training, completing a post-graduate SpLD Certificate from The University of Gloucestershire. Having taught children with SpLD in several schools in the county, both at primary and secondary levels, I moved on to teach at Airthrie in 2001 where I now teach children individually or in small groups.

My role is diverse and interesting as I work with children throughout the School (ages 4-11). I assess children's needs, working out Hillfield Education Programs (HEP) and strategies to best teach them, as well as giving advice and support to other teaching staff and parents when needed.

I enjoy the variation that each child brings and I try to encourage them to move forward using their strengths for learning to the best of their ability.

In my free time I like being outdoors walking our dog, hill-walking, sewing, quilting and knitting for relaxation. I enjoy working at Airthrie as it is such a friendly school with caring staff.