What is your professional background?
Between 2012 – 2014 I created and headed the Teaching Skills Academy (TSA) at Abingdon and Witney College. The TSA was the first of its kind in the country and resulted in the college moving up an Ofsted grade. For our work we were awarded the accolade of a Beacon Award for peer coaching.
At the same time, I also headed Higher Education, leading the QAA HE Review (one month after Ofsted visited). All UK expectations were met and, furthermore, the College was commended for the enhancement of the students’ learning opportunities.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
For years I’ve been very fortunate in my various roles to be able to support teachers and managers, which is what I love to do! I’m now able to continue to do this through my current role, but on a much larger scale, whether it’s a college in the UK or an Initial Teacher Training University in California.
Why did you want to work for Train Visual?
I heard great things about the HOW2s, so I called them into the college I was working at. This is when I met Ian Harris. I was so impressed by him and the HOW2s that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for two weeks.
So, I decided to pick up the phone to speak to Ian. I told him I had ten very happy years at the college, and I have never done this before, but I would like to come work for him at Train Visual. I’m so glad I made that decision as this is the most rewarding job I’ve had.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I love it when I hear about the success that our community experiences through using the HOW2s. I stay in regular contact with the leads and listen to their highlights. I get a real buzz out of hearing how they have turned things around for their managers, teachers and, of course, their students with using the HOW2s.
Do you have a favourite hobby?
I really enjoy being creative and have way too many hobbies which revolve around many different crafts! Also, I’m about to bring home an eight-week-old Labradoodle (Benji) and become a first-time dog owner. So when the time is right I’m looking forward to travelling about the UK with him (and my husband, of course)!