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My name is Julie and I am a professionally qualified and experienced teacher, who thoroughly enjoys working for Dyslexia Network, supporting children and university students with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.
Over the last twenty-four years, I have taught a wide age range since qualifying as an Art and Design Teacher (Secondary PGCE) in Edinburgh. When I was twenty-three, I moved to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands after qualifying as a CTEFLA Teacher supporting teenagers and adults in two bi-lingual schools. I was also employed as a Head of Art and Design in two schools, including a boarding school in Lancashire where I also taught English as a Foreign Language before moving to Singapore. I spent five and a half years teaching English to children and adults in Singapore as well as designing educational resources for a group of private study centres and The British Council. Other teaching contracts included working for private companies in South Korea and Russia.
Due to family bereavement, I left Singapore in 2004 to settle in Melton Mowbray as an Art and Design Teacher before moving to Grantham where I worked as an English Teacher at a local secondary school. During my time in Grantham and later on in West Bridgford, I met several children with literacy difficulties and learning differences such as dyspraxia and dyslexia. After developing an intervention programme for the English Department, I decided to train as a specialist teacher in order to learn more about dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties.
After gaining the OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) at Northampton University in 2013, I worked for Dyslexia Action in Lincoln as a teacher and Deputy Area Manager for the East Midlands. Most of my experience came from working with a team of dedicated specialists at Dyslexia Action. My duties included working in schools and centres based in Grantham, Boston, Lincoln, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Gainsborough. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching multi-sensory lessons to children, carrying out screening assessments, writing reports to create suitable learning programmes and specific targets as well as free consultations with parents and adults in the workplace. My time with Dyslexia Action motivated me to apply for the Level 7 Diploma; I will be starting this course in September, 2018.
I currently work with primary and secondary school children in several schools across Lincolnshire as well as individual university students in Lincoln.
OCR Level 5 Diploma SpLD (Dyslexia) ADG PATOSS PGCE BA (Hons) CTEFLA