Time at Airthrie: 10/09/2012 (5 years ago)
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Hons); Dip Education Trinity College
Specialist Subjects: Literacy, Mathematics, Learning Support
I am one of the Year 5 class teachers sharing responsibility for Alder with Mrs Sara Jackson. I enjoy my role immensely and always look forward to what each new school year will bring. I also support Mrs Donna Powell in the Hillfield Unit working with children to further develop Literacy and Mathematics skills – especially children with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties.
I graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland in 2007 and began my first year teaching a Reception class in St Michael’s school Dublin. I then went on to take a year out to travel 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.
My husband Dan’s career brought us to Cheltenham in August 2010 and I was fortunate enough to begin working at Airthrie in September of that year. Immediately, I felt at home in Cheltenham and valued the friendship and support that came with a career at Airthrie.
I shared teaching responsibilities for Cedar with Mrs Sophie Taylor for three years and enjoyed watching the children grow and flourish as they entered Key Stage 2. 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 had a strong interest in learning support. I have been studying on a part-time basis with Dyslexia Action and have completed an award on Perspectives in Dyslexia. This is my third year supporting Donna Powell in the Hillfield Unit and I have gained a wealth of experience from the role.