Family Liaison Worker
It is such a privilege to support children and families here at St Johns, alongside teaching teams and leadership who are so passionate about our children achieving their full potential. A year 6 girl once called me her school Mum; this stays with me when I support and empower children to problem solve and be the best version of themselves they can be - I feel so fortunate that I can extend my support to our families. The diversity of people's different backgrounds and circumstances are appreciated and positively valued; it makes for everyday being a learning day.
I have always wanted to work with children so started by working in a nursery whilst studying. In this time I had many placements in different settings, but found I kept coming back to St John's. The people are so friendly and it always felt like such a strong team. I began as a Teaching Assistant in Early Years, then left to have my daughter. Since returning, I started the role of Strive Practitioner which I absolutely love! I am really passionate about helping children and love being able to support them on a 1:1 basis.
Following in the footsteps of my mum, I knew that one day I too would become a teacher. I was truly inspired by her love and dedication to working with children. Once I became a qualified teacher and my career began to develop into the role of the SENCo, I realised that there were children who required a little bit of extra support and I wanted to be the person to help make a difference in their lives. I feel truly privileged to work alongside our parents, teachers and wider professionals, but most of all our children.
As a little girl I always dreamed of working in education. I spent the majority of my time playing schools with a class full of teddies and dolls!
During secondary school I carried out my work experience at a local special school and loved minute of it. I feel so privileged to have achieved my dream of working in a school, particularly focusing on children with SEND and those who may be vulnerable or find school a little tricky. I feel my role as a Strive practitioner is so rewarding and I truly hope we can make a difference in helping all students in St John's to shine! :)
Initially after leaving school, my career was very different to where I am very privileged to be working now. My work has always incorporated both listening and communicating with a vast range of people, which has underpinned my values of reciprocity, resilience and trust. In 2011, through the love and interest of my own three children, I started my career within the school environment. My enthusiasm for my role has encouraged me to continuously professionally develop myself and has enabled me to work at St John's within a friendly team; who are dedicated to ensuring that the pupils of St John's receive both the best academic and pastoral opportunities.