Level 5/7 Tutor & Specialist Assessor

I began my teaching career in a very diverse community. It was apparent I needed to learn more about how best to meet the children’s needs . Language and literacy development became a real interest for me, and I worked as a reading support teacher on my return to Wales.

After training with the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre I became a Lead Teacher for the Council’s Secondary Schools’ Dyslexia Resource Centre and later moved into the post of Operational Manager for the Inclusion Support Service. In 2012 I joined the University of South Wales (USW) as a senior lecturer, delivering the AMBDA accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties.

I have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of dyslexia across Wales through involvement in collaborative networks, working with the Welsh Government’s Specific Leaning Difficulty ‘expert’ group and as a trustee for the charity Dyslexia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia.

I am an assessor of dyslexia and co-occurring specific learning difficulties. I have also continued to tutor children and young people. This has enabled me to share in the delight of seeing individuals gain a better understanding of themselves, watch individuals progress over time together and empower parents / carers, together with teachers / support staff, to provide multi-sensory support to the individuals in their care.
I have now joined the team at Dyslexia Herts working as a Level 7 tutor and online assessor of young people and adults. I have enjoyed developing working relationships and the mentoring of students at Dyslexia Herts, supporting them on their journey to becoming a specialist assessor.

On a personal note, I’m married with three adult children, two beautiful grandchildren and two geriatric border collies. My eldest daughter has learning disabilities, which is a constant challenge and delight in equal.