Previously a Deputy Head Teacher and teacher for 24 years in South Wales. I am now responsible for organising and running online and in-person training and supporting our schools in Wales, with the effective implementation of Giglets in their settings. My aim is to ensure all members of staff are confident and competent in how to use and navigate Giglets. The support offered has evolved and progressed since I began with Giglets. Professional and personalised support ensures schools maximise the impact Giglets can have in their settings. Together, we monitor, evaluate and review the effective use of Giglets and the impact on the learners. Together we look at a vision for where Giglets will fit and what it will look like in each individual school. It’s been a huge privilege to develop and refine this support with our schools in Wales. I like to think outside the box and think of new ways we can support our schools to achieve success; always looking at different ways to improve. Giglets Leaders’ Network Events were created in Wales and are where school leaders come together to share and celebrate successes and look at ways forward. The Leaders’ Network Events provide an opportunity to collaborate with other schools and share good practice, whilst providing quality CDP by learning how to further develop listening, speaking, reading and writing through Giglets. I am also responsible for working collaboratively with schools to share best practice case studies and I support teachers and head teachers in running open days at their schools, so other schools can visit and feel inspired by new and different ways of working. Working alongside schools, I support parental awareness and engagement by running sessions and showing parents how they can be actively involved in supporting their child's education journey and support in the magic and joy of reading. My favourite part of the job is the visits and learning walks where I get to see children engaged in reading.
I've always had a passion for education and ensuring learners have the opportunities to enjoy learning and develop a lifelong love of learning and reading. I was approached by Giglets and offered an opportunity to train and support teachers and schools part time, whilst still being able to teach and do my consultancy work. Working for an EdTech Company has allowed me to learn and see the impact that audio, illustrations, music and animations can have on learners. It has allowed me to explore ways of using technology to support in reducing teachers' workload, whilst maximising impact on standards.
Being given the autonomy and trusted to create, develop and refine a range of training and support events in Wales. I am most proud of the success and development of the Leaders' Network Events. I am also proud of the relationships I have built up with our Welsh schools; how the staff embrace the support offered and are keen to share the good practice with other schools. I am passionate about creating a network of support where teachers can share and collaborate together on how to further improve their overall provision for Languages, Literacy and Communication using Giglets.
Working at a hedgehog sanctuary or on property refurbishment projects.
Impactful. Creative. Rewarding.