I am a mother to two dyslexic children, and they are the reason I got back into teaching as a SPELD NZ Teacher.
My son started receiving SPELD NZ tuition in 2014. His SPELD NZ Teacher was amazing, he started to make progress and gradually became a little happier at school. This was the catalyst I needed to undertake SPELD NZ’s Introductory Course in SLD, which led to the Level 5 certificate course. At the time I was wanting to better understand and advocate for my own children, however, I ended up having my arm twisted and became a SPELD NZ Teacher myself. In addition to being a SPELD NZ Teacher, I am the Convener for SPELD NZ’s Canterbury Local Liaison Group.
In my free time I enjoy messing about with the animals on our lifestyle block west of Christchurch. I also enjoy art and craft, especially felt making with wool from my own sheep, and getting out in the hills with my family, particularly if it’s on a mountain bike. I am a competitive road and track cyclist and have competed successfully at age group national championships in both disciplines. I find a love of sport can be a very good way of finding common ground with many of my students.