Further Education qualification(s):
Bachelor Primary Education (University of Canberra, Australia)
What qualities do you need to work at Dallington?
Creativity, flexibility & a sense of humour.
What is unique about Dallington?
A child’s imagination, curiosity and emotional intelligence are valued.
How many years have you been working with children and how many of those have been at Dallington?
I have been working with children for 20 years; firstly as a tutor and then as a teacher. I joined the Dallington family in 2010.
What do you hope to imbue in the children?
Discover your passion in life and engage with it. Live your life in colour!
What do you like to teach most?
If you cannot tell then I take that as a compliment. What if I were to name a subject that is not your favourite? How would you feel? My role is to teach impartially but enthusiastically to inspire. What I like most is when a child develops confidence in an area, growing to become an area of interest for them.
What are your interests and how do they impact on your time with the children?
My bucket list combines two of my loves; travel and adventure. Each experience has required research that incorporates Information Technology, Literacy and Mathematical skills. I hope that the children see that learning these skills can enable them to pursue their life goals. Overseeing events that support charities is something that interests me. Dallington’s commitment to charity initiatives demonstrates to the children that they are able to engage with the community in positive ways whilst supporting a number of good causes.
Who or what inspires you?
Some are famous, others are not. Sometimes inspiration can come from unlikely sources but when I’m inspired, it’s hard to focus on anything else!
If you had a wish, what would it be?
Now if I tell you that it won’t come true!
What was your experience at your school?
I loved school and did well however my sibling did not. Helping him with his learning difficulties was the driving force behind me wanting to teach.
What do you wish you had known at school that you know now?
Some of the best friendships in life begin at school. Your classmates often know you better than anyone. You may someday be separated by distance but fundamentally that’s just geography. You’ll share in the highs and lows of life together and celebrate all the milestones so be good to your childhood friends.
What makes you happy/sad?
A) Finding money in my pocket
B) When a child reaches a personal goal
C) Travelling somewhere I’ve yet to visit
D) Care packages from Oz complete with chocolates
E) All of the above!
Often the news makes me sad.
Tell us something you have learned from a child...
If something’s not fun, change it!
If you could learn anything, what would it be?
If you weren’t in the job you are now, what would you like to do or be?
Doing something equally as creative! Walking across Europe would also be high on my list.