I joined the SEN department in 2020 as a HLTA. My role covers years 7, 8 and 9. I mostly support English and Spanish classes with a focus on improving the literacy skills of our students. I am also our school’s dyslexia mentor. I support all of the dyslexic students in school ranging from year 7 to 13. I also do group spelling and processing interventions and dyslexia screening. My role is incredibly rewarding; every day is different. It’s great to see the students’ confidence grow as their reading and writing skills improve. I feel really lucky to work in such a friendly and supportive team.
Before becoming a HLTA I taught ESOL in adult education and spent four years in Barcelona teaching English as a foreign language to young children, teenagers and adults. I can speak Spanish fluently and have a keen interest in Spanish and South American culture. I originally studied science and I have a degree in Chemistry. I started out by doing various technical jobs before I was fortunate enough to discover my love of languages and teaching and learning. I think it’s proof that you can make changes, at any time, in your area of work and find something that you connect with.
In my free time I enjoy doing yoga, meditation and cooking new recipes. I watch series in Spanish so that I don’t forget what I’ve learnt.