A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME…
Since graduating as a primary teacher (with an additional nursery qualification) in 1982, my experience has been wide and varied. I have over 38 years experience teaching, leading and working alongside parents and professionals. This, in combination with my experience beyond education, demonstrates my commitment to motivating, inspiring and leading others.
During my teaching career I worked in mainstream, general additional support needs and autism specific establishments as a class teacher, early years specialist support teacher, autism outreach teacher, inclusion teacher and principal teacher in an autism base.
For a period of 6 years from 1990 I was a volunteer telephone Counsellor with ChildLine Scotland. After completing my initial training, I counselled weekly (often more). I became part of a team designing training for and delivering training to newly appointed counsellors. Subsequently, I was invited to become a joint facilitator delivering ongoing training to existing counsellors. I worked as part of the ‘outreach’ team presenting information about ChildLine to the community.
At the same time, for a period of 4 years I was a volunteer tutor with Dyslexia Scotwest. I supported children with Dyslexia and their families at home. I was part of a project working alongside other members of Dyslexia Scotwest to interview and select potential tutors and, thereafter, jointly facilitate training for those tutors.
A break was then required to be a full-time working mum while studying for additional qualifications at Strathclyde University.
In September 2017 I took early retirement to establish Love Autism.