Mrs Donna Powell

Specific Learning Difficulties

Time at Airthrie: 11/09/2001 (19 years ago)
Qualifications: 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.

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. 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.

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) or My Plans as needed and strategies to best teach them, as well as giving advice and support to other teaching staff and parents when needed. I run the Reading Buddies programme that meets once a week and partners a Year 6 pupil with a Year 2 or 3 pupil to read together.

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 hill-walking, canoeing and canal boating. For relaxation I spend time patch-working and quilting. I enjoy working at Airthrie as it is such a friendly school with caring staff and enjoy the diversity and challenges my job entails.

Clubs

Nessy Fingers Touch Typing, Reading Buddies