I am a recently accredited TEFL educator, with a BA and MA in Art History. I am looking to give English lessons to beginners through to advanced/business level learners. I am able to teach young children as well as adults and am happy working one-to-one or with small groups.
I teach on-line, long distance, using Skype - Saturday and Sunday. Week day evenings (UK time) can be negotiated.
I have worked as an Higher Education administrator for 9 years. I have a BA and MA in Art History and have recently been awarded TEFL accreditation.
I volunteer in the community, working with adults and children to improve literacy, interpret art and help with educational workshops.
I am new to teaching TEFL and am very passionate about teaching and helping people to learn English, either for pleasure or work.
Please see my CV for further info.
I have worked as an Higher Education administrator for 9 years and in my current role I organise delegated administration functions or designated programmes, providing support to programme leader(s), academic staff team(s) and students. I act as point of contact for visitors and enquiries to programme(s) handling verbal and written correspondence and providing advice to students, staff and external stakeholders. Working in the Higher Education sector, I have had the opportunity to develop managerial, organisational, pastoral and pedagogic skills and experience. This experience has provided an invaluable insight into educational processes and procedures such as curriculum design. I have found the interface with students particularly satisfying and especially supporting them through the completion of their degree.
This interest and the experience of working directly with students, developed into a passion to work with other students and thus I have undertaken a voluntary position, working in a local art gallery. Whilst volunteering at the Nottingham Art Exchange I have engaged in the design and delivery of a range of learning opportunities such as 'walk and talk' sessions with children and adults. In addition, I have supported primary students' literacy levels through the Right to Read programme. This is a scheme run through Nottinghamshire Education Business Alliance and Business in the Community which involves volunteers providing a regular commitment of one hour each week to develop pupil literacy levels through supporting a child’s reading. These experiences have given me insight into the diverse pastoral and curricular roles a teacher may encounter. In order to finally confirm my aspirations to teach, I have undertaken a very successful week of work experience at Brookhill Leys Primary School and this final placement confirmed the realisation of my ambition to teach. I have found these experiences fulfilling and enjoyable. The work experience I carried out at Brookhill Leys Primary was invaluable. The competence and interest of the teacher and her enthusiasm over a breadth of subjects reflects my own eclectic academic skills and various interests, experiences and skills. I was also enthused by the scope to express and develop creatively in fulfilling learning outcomes at primary level and how the teacher was able to share this imaginatively with their students.
I have recently been awarded an MA in Art History. This was a taught post-graduate course. From this I feel I have advanced academic training in research methods, using traditional methods and new technologies. Gaining an MA has developed sound critical and evaluative skills and from this level of study, I am able to prepare and write extended pieces of prose as well as preparing to write prose simply and to refine arguments and debates in order for my writing to be persuasive and engaging. The learning outcomes met from my MA studies, compliments my recent award of becoming an accredited TEFL educator.
I am able to create stimulating front-facing documentation/presentations/articles etc. as I am able to operate research libraries, archives and books, and work with both textual and visual sources.
Various experiences such as full-time work, CPLD, volunteering and post Graduate study demonstrate that I can manage a big workload and the need to be adaptable/flexible to fulfil all elements. Time management skills have been particularly important in maintaining a high level of professional motivation and ensuring my study, work, volunteering, and family commitments are delivered to a high standard. I have a clear methodical approach to planning, organising and prioritising work by use of on-line calendars and personal to do lists. I therefore work methodically through a variety of tasks. MA study has also encouraged a sound pedagogical approach to meeting deadlines.
My commitment to learning and belief in the importance of education, derives in part from my personal experience as a first generation university student.
Subject Administrator (August 2007 – present)
Nottingham Trent University
To have responsibility for the effective development and organisation of the designated administrative functions for allocated programme(s) acting as point of focus for the academic staff, students and employers (if appropriate) associated with these programmes.
I have knowledge on UCAS admissions, teaching and learning incentives, quality assurance and standards within a learning organisation, Student Support Services and so mental learning difficulties as well as biological disability concerns, knowledge on financial and housing matters, widening participation as well as academic profiling for students.
• dealing with multiple interfaces (students, academic staff, external stakeholders, centralised departments)
• pastoral care
• developing/maintaining records (word files, Excel etc)
• sound organisational skills
• taking precise minutes at various meetings
• To coordinate and produce programme information for distribution to teaching staff including the compiling and maintenance of the module compendium and other programme documents. To originate correspondence in response to all matters relating to the programmes administered.
• Generation and management of student records and reports in line with College and University procedures to include student absence reporting.
• Administration of locally held confidential documentation and programme(s) files necessary for day-to-day operation of the programme(s) in line with University/College identified procedures.
• To assist the Subject Coordinator with the planning of administrative functions to support key programme events such as induction and to cooperate as required for the successful delivery of these events.
• Act as point of contact for visitors and enquiries to programme(s) handling verbal and written correspondence and providing advice to students and staff regarding pastoral care, regulations (assessment, admission and student code of behaviour), student support services and other appropriate University facilities.
• To assist, as appropriate with programme admissions, recruitment campaigns and other marketing/promotional events in liaison with College staff.
• Reporting to professional bodies.
• Attendance at corporate/marketing functions.
Volunteer (August 2011 – 2014)
New Art Exchange, Nottingham
In this role I help out with exhibition openings, invigilate the gallery space, help at workshops with adults and children, aid events and promote audience interactions, planning and delivering walk and talk sessions.
Time spent volunteering at a local art gallery has developed my ability to work with children and adults in workshop scenarios and as an educator, interpreting, explaining and discussing art with these groups.
Volunteer (August 2012 – present)
Welbeck Primary School, Nottingham
In this role I partake in the Right to Read scheme. By committing to just one hour a week, I help improve children’s reading abilities by as much as six months, in just three months. This scheme is run through Business in the Community (BITC).
First Line Management Development project
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) recognises this programme and an individual enrolled on this programme needs to submit a number of mandatory documents and complete relevant assignments, reflective and summative reviews in order to be awarded the certificate. I have undertook modules such as Building the Team, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Managing Change, Interpersonal Communication, Managing Team Events and Objective Setting.
Eastwood Comprehensive (September 1994 – July 1999)
English Language A* German B
English Literature A* Art C
Mathematics C Graphics C
Science (double) BB Religious Education B
French B IT B
Eastwood Comprehensive School Sixth Form (September 1999 – July 2001)
English Language A
University of Derby (September 2002 – July 2005)
European Studies 2:1
Open University (February 2011 – December 2014)
Post Graduate Certificate in Art History (60 credits) Pass
Post Graduate Diploma in Art History (120 credits) Pass
MA in Art History (180 credits) Pass
i-to-i (December 2016)
TEFL - Passed and aw
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