I have worked in primary education for over 30 years, starting off my career in a small village school in North Yorkshire, before moving up to Teesside in 1993, where I have taught from reception through to Year 6, in both mainstream and special schools, being a member of senior leadership teams. I undertook a Research MA at Durham University in 1995 and co-authored two published articles exploring the subject leader role. In order to further my knowledge and understanding, I successfully completed an MA in Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties (with Distinction) at the Institute of Education in 2014.
As an accredited national trainer for a number of literacy interventions, I have delivered CPD across Teesside and the North East of England, and have presented at National Conferences. I am passionate about the power of literacy to transform the lives of children and young people in Middlesbrough and to that end I keep abreast of current educational practices, both locally and around the country, to support schools and settings in helping their pupils to achieve their best, so improving future life chances. I want all children in Middlesbrough to have the support to help them become avid readers, knowing that a love of reading can help unlock their full potential.