Job Title: Form Teacher
Time at Airthrie: 5 Years (September 2012)
Specialist Subject(s): Cooperative learning
Qualification(s): Bachelor of Education; DipE Trinity
I am returning to work at Airthrie School on a part time basis after a rewarding and fulfilling time on maternity leave. Jennifer Anne was born in August 2016 and I have found her first year to be an amazing learning experience and time of growth.
I completed my Bachelor of Education and graduated with an Honours Degree from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland in 2007. I began my first year teaching a Reception class in Dublin and then went on to take a year out to travel with Dan who is now my husband and live and work in Sydney, Australia as an Early Years teacher. I returned to Ireland in 2009 and taught for three more years; teaching Years 1 and 2 and I also worked as a learning support teacher. During this time I studied part time in Trinity College Dublin and completed a Diploma in Co-operative Learning.
I moved to Cheltenham with Dan in August 2010 and was fortunate enough to begin working at Airthrie School in September of that year. I immediately felt at home in Cheltenham and valued the friendship and support that came with a career at Airthrie School.
I spent three very happy years working with Mrs Taylor in Form Cedar and greatly enjoyed watching the children grow and flourish as they entered KS2. Each year Mrs Taylor and I were very proud of the children’s achievements as we watched them transition with confidence into Year 4.
During my teaching career I have always had a strong interest in learning support. I am passionate about the importance of differentiation, making each lesson accessible and suitably challenging for every pupil. I have worked privately in Cheltenham and Ireland as an ABA tutor with children on the autistic spectrum and this has been an insightful and worthwhile experience. My time working as a learning support teacher in Ireland prepared me to work with Mrs Powell in the Hillfield Unit. This will be my third year working with Mrs Powell and I have learned so much from her. Over the past two years I have been studying on a part time basis to achieve a Certificate in Supporting Learners with Dyslexia. I have completed an award on Perspectives in Dyslexia and am looking forward to completing the second award on Developing Literacy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia.