I'm married with a grown son, Jacob, who now lives and works in Germany, as an Engineer. I live with my husband and our new puppy, Clarence, the clumsy Schnauzer. I enjoy travel, particularly, destinations within Europe and around our own beautiful British Isles. In my spare time, I like to garden, read, walk Clarence and restore old furniture. I also enjoy writing children's poetry and short stories and have published one of my stories via "My Little Explorer".
I have 29 years of experience working with children. For the last 6 years, I have been working voluntarily in Uganda as an English Teacher at St. Isaac's Preparatory School, in Kainagoga Village, Jinja. Whilst in Uganda, I spent time liaising with community members, schools, government officials and village elders, to set up several charitable organisations. These NGO's are aimed at tackling unemployment, raising the number of children, and young adults, in education and offering free sexual education classes in colleges and high schools. I continue to work remotely as a Volunteer Coordinator. I hope to return to Uganda, for the third time, in the summer of 2020, to help raise awareness of our new, second school, enrol students and employ teaching staff.
I have experience working with both children and young adults, including those with learning difficulties, in various settings including schools, at home and in children’s youth clubs, as well as, rural and remote regions. I strive continuously to work on improving partnership based work with parents, institutions and other applicable organisations. I have a great deal of experience in supporting positive transition and achieving targets overall, whether as part of a company or as an individual. My goal is always to meet the needs of the child and aid in their personal development and target achievement. I have extensive experience in lesson planning, including working with minimal materials, teaching large groups and teaching outdoors, using the environment to stimulate imagination and retain attention.
I accept change as a challenge and the ability to remain calm and clearheaded under pressure has always been a key strength of mine, particularly as a peripatetic manager and as a TEFL teacher in Uganda. Self-sufficiency and working on my own initiative has been paramount to progression and success within my current and previous roles.
Assistant Director and Founding Member
-Creating a charity to support girls and young women back into school.
Planning a sensitive sexual education lesson to be given in schools across Jinja, Uganda which brings boys and girls together in a greater awareness of female menstruation and the importance of gender equality in education.
-Sourcing local educators to teach the girls how to make sanitary protection.
-Connecting with sanitary protection companies to arrange visits, give speeches and hand out free goodies and gift bags to the students.
-Helping to put together promotional events including joining up with other local schools to draw attention and gain support from local government, medical professionals and tribal or village leaders.
St. Isaac’s Free School and Orphanage.
-Working with children living in poverty-stricken rural areas. (Jinja, Uganda.)
-Teaching English, Maths, Art, Physical Education, Information Technology and Music.
-Training local women to teach English so that they can get back into paid employment.
-Putting together a file of lesson plans which can be easily edited and used year-round by the teachers at the school.
-Planning and carrying out promotional drives to draw more children to the school.
-Setting up 'Busoga Youth Training Centre', an on-site training school for local youth and adults. We teach agricultural techniques and animal husbandry.
-Creating a women’s jewellery initiative which trains adults and young women in bead craft skills. They can sell the jewellery via our website, street stalls and our sister project sites. Our main aim is to aid in self-sufficiency.
-Building websites to bring in donors, sponsors, and volunteers to each of our projects.
-Making adobe bricks to build an orphanage and extend our school by two classrooms. We also sell the bricks to bring in funds.
-Learning about social networking to create effective crowdfunding campaigns.
-Teaching sustainable development goals and global goals to the schools' management team.
TEFL Teacher (Barcelona)
Free Night School for Adults
-Working, for free, with adults at a local night school to gain experience as a TEFL teacher.
-Teaching English as a Foreign Language to students with Spanish as a first language.
-Observing the local TEFL teachers; gaining classroom and teaching skills.
-Teaching English vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar.
-Teaching receptive skills in listening and reading.
-Teaching productive skills in speaking and listening.
-Learning about how best to use materials and aids for teaching English.
-Picking up tips on classroom management strategies from the local on-site teachers.
-Finding out about how to use resources effectively when teaching English as a foreign language.
Trinity Youth Children’s Charity
2010 – 2013
-Working with and supporting schools, charities, and training institutions in designing a range of educational events and opportunities, to raise participation, aspiration and overall learning.
-Working with voluntary, statutory and community agencies to ensure a coherent approach to overcoming the barriers to learning faced by children and young adults
-Working with parents, carers, and families to support young people; whilst managing information effectively to facilitate in meeting the needs of young people and service providers.
-Experience in managing a team of up to 4 carers, as well as carrying out my practitioner role.
-Ensuring that both myself and team members were kept up to date with changes in legislation, as well as, policies and procedures.
-Experience in monitoring and acting as a troubleshooter for the team including Risk Assessment.
-Extensive knowledge of safeguarding and child protection
-Renewing and reflecting upon my professional practice to achieve continuous improvement in performance.
-Helping individuals face challenges that may affect their capacity to take part in learning and work-based opportunities.
-Teaching Sustainable Development (2017)
-Teaching Gender Equality (2017)
-Teaching using Skype (2017)
-Microsoft Innovative Educator Award (2017)
-BTEC QCF Award in Education and Training (2016)
Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC)
-Teaching English as a Foreign Language TEFL (2013)
-HND in Children and Young People (2006)
-BTEC Beauty Therapy Diploma (2000)
Tyne Metropolitan College
-NNEB Nursery Nursing Diploma (1993)
-NVQ Level 3 Business Studies (1991)
Weekends, evenings and overnight stays will be considered on an individual basis.
|Last Updated: 14/10/2019|
- Nannying from £10.00 per hour (gross)
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