I have experience of teaching a range of children from age 5-18 years. I have taught in various subject areas, but have a specialism in Maths and Science. Through my teaching career, I have taught full classes and on a one-to-one basis, including young people with learning and behavioural difficulties. My teacher training took place in England, but I have since worked in Scotland and have planned curriculum based projects for clients around the World through freelance work.
My teaching style is mainly a combination of facilitator and delegator. I do occasionally use the demonstrator model, however I prefer to have children investigate the World around them and come up with their own theories and ideas before adding to what they have found out for themselves. I am a string believer in student led learning as it gives the student the opportunity to raise questions and develop their own styles for a lifetime of learning.
I have a full BA(hons) degree in Primary education and have also been granted Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). One of my greatest achievements has been when I met the Education Minister of Scotland and he commended our small team of six educators for being pioneers in developing and implementing the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.
I studied a variety of subjects at secondary school in Scotland, before training as a teacher in England. Once I completed my training I began teaching as a supply teacher in Cumbria in Primary schools. I taught every subject imaginable, as well as in various types of schools including private, special needs and religious schools. I gained full time employment in 2010 in a special secondary school, where I moved from primary teaching to secondary, but still taught a wide variety of subjects. During this time I mainly worked one-to-one with pupils and feel very proud to say I supported a number of them through qualifications before they left school. In the summer of 2014 I quit teaching in schools and opened my own craft shop in my local town. I still teach youngsters arts and crafts, and also tutor occasionally.
As well as having taught in numerous schools, I have returned to my previous secondary regularly to hep with school productions etc and often get involved in local youth groups; such as the Girls Brigade. I also make jewellery in my spare time and now run evening classes for adults in this area. On top of my various hobbies etc, I have taught myself British Sign Language and continue to work for education providers through freelance planning work where I develop resources and planning for various subjects.