I like to base my lessons around my students own interests and their individual needs and desires. I try to make lessons dynamic and interesting by including a range of activities and tasks. I am excellent at spotting ares to work on and am able to adjust my teaching and planning accordingly, in order to support students in reaching their potential and making the most progress possible.
Having worked in a Bilingual Primary School in Spain for four years, I have a great deal of experience working with young learners. This has included the tutoring of children aged 3 - 8 years, through formal lessons and informal activities, games and immersion in English.
I have worked for several months at a Language School in Oxford, teaching teenagers and adults with lessons planned and focused on vocabulary, grammar and writing, and speaking and listening.
Education and Qualifications
Nov – Dec 2016 CELTA (Pass A), The British Study Centre, Oxford
Oct 2016 RYA Start Windsurfing Instructor, Rockley Watersports, Poole
2007 – 2008 PGCE Primary, Foundation Stage/ Key Stage 1 (Art Specialism) Roehampton
2000 – 2003 BA Hons 2:1 Drama with English Loughborough University
1993 – 2000 Bartholomew School, Eynsham, Oxford
A-Levels: English Literature (A), Theatre Studies (A), Art (D). 9 GCSEs: 7(A), 1(B), 1(C)
Jan 2017 – May 2017. English Language teacher, The British Study Centre, Oxford
¥ Planned and taught English Language Classes to adults of differing levels from Elementary to Advanced. I taught students from a wide range of language and cultural backgrounds. Each class focused on either grammar and writing, vocabulary or speaking and listening.
Sept 2012 – Sept 2016 Infant (Kinder) Class Teacher, St Paul's School, Barcelona, Spain
¥ Mixed, non-selective bilingual school, for ages 3-18. I taught English through immersion to a class of Reception aged children.
¥ Led large-scale changes in the Early Years Curriculum, guided by UK EYFS objectives and goals.
¥ Developed a scheme of work based around the use of Numicon as a fun and creative tool for teaching concepts in Mathematics. This Included responsibility for staff training across Nursery up to Year 2.
¥ Experience of teaching the Read Write Inc, phonics programme.
¥ Played an Integral role in the team responsible for planning and organising annual Creativity and Book Weeks, as well as staff amateur theatre productions.
¥ Mentor for Student teachers from University of Kentucky.
May 2012 - July 2012 Year 2, PPA Cover/Supply Teacher The Merlin School, Putney, SW15
¥ Experience in teaching core and Foundation Subjects across 3 Year 2 classes and provided one one to one support to children with special educational needs.
Sept 2011 – Mar 2012 Year One Teacher, Ravenscourt Park Pre-Prep School,London,W6
¥ Mixed, non-selective pre-preparatory school for ages 4-11. Three-form entry.
¥ Shared responsibility for after school rugby and football clubs.
Sept 2008 – Sept 2011 Reception Teacher, The Merlin School, Putney, SW15 2BZ.
¥ Planned creative cross-curricular Topics based on Geography and History objectives adapted from the National Curriculum and EYFS.
¥ Daily phonics teaching and guided children in developing early writing and reading skills, as well as weekly “Story Box” sessions, developing children´s language, imagination and storytelling skills.
¥ Played a huge part in school community: organising events, staff concerts, assemblies.
¥ Responsible for after school drama, art, cookery and music clubs.
¥ Mentor for Roehampton University BEd student
Sept 2005 - Aug 2007 Year 5 Teaching Assistant, Clapham Manor Primary School.
¥ Based in Year 5 and assisted in other year groups when required.
¥ Worked with differentiated groups and one to one with children with Special Educational Needs.
¥ Organised and responsible for the daily Breakfast Club.
Other Work Experience
May 2017 – Nov 2017 Neilson Active Holidays, RYA Windsurfing Instructor.
Planning and Teaching of beginner and intermediate windsurf sessions. Including daily beach set-up and pack-down, safety boat driving, boat and windsurf maintenance, with a huge focus on guest/ customer service.
Easter/ Summer Holidays Arty Party, Children’s Art Workshops (school holiday work) Worked as part of a team of art teachers, organising holiday workshops for children aged 4-12.
Apr – Sept 2005 Starfish Communications, PR Assistant (full time for 5 months)
Assistant to 5 senior account executives. Conducted extensive research and was the point of call between clients, press and account execs. This was a demanding role, in a high-pressured environment.
Nov 2003 – Jan 2005 Various Employers, whilst on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia.
This included: Front of House Theatre work, A Childcare role in a children´s Day Care Centre, and a variety of hospitality roles.
Additional Skills & Achievements
¥ Spanish: Level B2.2 Pre-Avanzado.
¥ RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Advanced Windsurfing, RYA First Aid (Oct 2016)
¥ Grade 5 piano and violin. Ability to play the Ukulele and read music.
¥ Mini´s Rugby (Chiswick RFC). Helped to set up, recruit and coach the first ever season of Minis rugby. Now a flourishing minis rugby set up with several teams and age categories.
¥ Head Girl at Bartholomew School, Oxfordshire.
Hobbies and Interests
I love outdoor activities and sports such as skiing, windsurfing and sailing, cycling, swimming and running. I used to play rugby and now enjoy spectating. I enjoy playing the piano and my ukulele, as well as attending concerts. I am very sociable and like to take up opportunities to meet new people. I am passionate about travel and experiencing different cultures.
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