Learning Support Coordinator, Dunannie

BA (hons) History, PGCE primary, University of Portsmouth; ECAR, (Every Child a Reader) Reading Recovery, International Literacy Centre, Institute of Education, London

What makes a good teacher at Dunannie?

A supportive person, who works well in a team.  Someone with lots of initiative and a cheerful demeanour.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in the children?

That no matter how difficult it may seem, there’s always a way to solve a problem, we just have to find it. To be brave and not to get hung up over the times it doesn’t go to plan, but instead to celebrate how hard they have tried and how much they have achieved.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

I am actually quite new to the school, so at this time I am still finding out how it all works and how all the schools fit together.  My job does give me the opportunity though to work with and support the children and the staff in a variety of ways.  

In your opinion, what makes Dunannie special?

It is a beautiful environment to work in, and being such a small school, the children and the staff can really get to know each other and form lasting bonds. 

Who or what inspires you?

My two daughters.  My youngest is at university.  I admire her drive and vision.  She has an excellent work ethic and endless reserves to see the job done, while still managing to keep her quirky and hilarious sense of humour. My eldest has had to overcome a great many personal difficulties.  She is a fighter who doesn’t stop trying no matter how bad things get. She is also incredibly kind.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

When I was a child growing up I spent a couple of years in Singapore, and I had the uncanny knack for catching Sea Snakes. I brought one home for my dad one day in my lunch box.