CV

PROFILE

PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology/DATA accredited. DfES: RP 00/35990(01/08/2001).

Higher National Diploma in Architectural Stained Glass.

Diploma in Interior and Exhibition Design.

Competent and experienced Mosaic and Stained Glass Artist.

Experience of teaching individuals with specific needs and a range of ages and abilities.

Therapeutic and counselling skills.

Approachable, friendly and thoughtful manner, displaying sensitivity towards others combined with an ability to recognise individual achievements and identify strengths.

Extensive world travel.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Wolverhampton Girls High School (01/17-03/17) Design and Technology Teacher (Cover)

Developed schemes of work and delivered design lessons covering an approach to planning and problem solving prior to executing ideas in 3 dimensions.

Delivered workshop practise using a variety of resistant materials at KS3, adhering to health and safety, essential when introducing young people to work with tools and equipment independently.

Marked work and gave written and verbal feedback as required. Contributed to departmental meetings. Parents consultations.

Maintained good order amongst the students in accordance with the schools policies, adhering to the schools behaviour and rewards policies.

 

Community Artist/Teacher (04/02 – Present)

Established a career as a Community Artist, facilitating a range of projects for a wide age range of people to engage in; including the teaching the basics of mosaics with a brief historical background, resulting in several large scale mosaic projects in schools. Projects linked to the National Curriculum. 

After School Arts and Craft Clubs

Using my teaching skills I am planning, delivering and recording an extensive programme of arts activities to KS1 and KS2 children in local primary schools. Termly newsletters are sent out to parents detailing the projects covered and skills acquired.

 

Valley Park Community School (01/01 – 03/02) Design and Technology Teacher

Working as part of a team, I delivered material up to Key Stage 4, G.C.S.E. level.

Developed schemes of work and ensured all lessons are differentiated, so catering for pupils of all abilities.

Developed strategies in classroom management and built positive relationships with both pupils and staff. Kept records, assessed and evaluated both pupils and my own work as e a key factor in my teaching.

Provided up to date records and comments to parents at open evenings.

Pastoral responsibilities included supporting a Year 7 group in their transition to secondary school. 

Kent Autistic Trust (09/96 – 01/99) Art Therapist

Coordinated arts events for the organization, increasing an awareness of autism through art on both a national and European level – liaised with associate groups, staging opening events, regional press and radio coverage.

Facilitated Great Britain’s representation in the first International Exhibition of Art by People with Autism.  The exhibition, which opened in Spain, travelled Europe for a six month period, raising an awareness of autism.

Drafted detailed reports on the organization’s art activities, including visual and written material.

Counselled people in both a one-to-one situation and through group sessions. Maintained confidential records and assessed progress.

Developed knowledge of the implementation of behavioural strategies in relation to autism and undertook relevant training.

Negotiated with art suppliers for my department, identified new suppliers and continued negotiations regarding the sale of art works produced.

 

Kent County Council (12/94 – 09/96) Arts Development

Work in the county resulted in the promotion to Arts Centre manager with overall responsibility for the launch of a new arts centre for young people in rural Kent, including identification and targeting of recruitment areas, needs analysis and activity design.

Initiated and delivered a training programme to youth workers to enable them to implement arts projects in their work and outlining an evaluation process.

Youth Forum Work – recruited new members, planned agendas and organised meetings for young people to have a voice.

Detached youth work – worked in partnership with other agencies to provide a varied, affordable programme of activities for young people who do not attend youth clubs and are on the streets.

Pupil referral projects – delivered an arts programme as a positive opportunity for young people who do not achieve high results academically.

 

Artability South East (06/94-03/96) Artist

Delivered a range of arts projects sensitive to the needs of young adults who are receiving day care. Involving project reports, evaluations and exhibitions.

 

Interplay: Creative Training Organisation (08/90-06/94) Youth and Community Worker

Played an active role within this organisation in delivering issue based projects, including:

Circus Eruption- the first integrated youth circus in the U.K. Providing weekly groups and working on productions.

In Tandem- providing cycling opportunities for the blind.

Dynamix- a creative training organization, I was employed to deliver arts workshops.

We were also involved with the training of youth/care workers.

TRAINING

EDUCATIONAL:

03/17               DATA- Health and Safety Training Standards in Design and Technology.

11/16               Child Protection Awareness Training.

06/11               Shropshire Council Return To Teach course.

08/01               QTS Design and Technology

07/01               TEFL Certificate.

03/98               Y.M.C.A. Training certificate for youth workers.

06/97               Certificate in Person- Centred art therapy at Crawley College.

 

SOUTH EAST ARTS- SHORT COURSES:

11/98  New interventions in the environment.

07/98  Sight specific art.

05/98  Notions and narratives in contemporary craft practice.

03/98  Expanding and developing public art practice.

12/97  Successful craft marketing.

11/97  South East public art forum.

10/97  New developments in glass and architecture.

 

AUTISM SPECIFIC:

07/98          Incident forms, risk assessments, reviews, principles of sexuality procedure.

06/98          Living and working with autism spectrum disorders.

11/97          Managing challenging behaviour – update.

11/96         T.E.A.C.C.H. principles from  University of North Carolina, based in the U.K

09/96          Introduction to autism- Kent Autistic Trust.

 

EDUCATION

Sept.2000-July 2001:              Greenwich University, London.

Qualified Teaching Status: Secondary Design Technology

Sept.1996-June 1997:            Crawley College, London (P/T).

Person- Centred Art Therapy.

Sept.1987-July 1990:              Swansea College of Art, South Wales.

Higher National Diploma: Architectural Stained Glass.

Sept.1985-July 1987:              Medway College of Design, Rochester, Kent.

Ordinary National Diploma: Interior and Exhibition Design.

Sept.1984-July 1985:              West Kent College of Further Education, Tonbridge, Kent.

A level: Sociology

O level: Sociology, History of Art

Sept.1980-July 1984:              Invicta Grammar School for Girls, Maidstone.

O level: Mathematics, English Literature, Biology, English

Language, French, Art, Physics, History

AWARDS

09/2001           National Lottery Funding, Award for All: Educational stained glass panel.

12/1998           Medway City Council: Community stained glass panel.

10/1998           National Lottery Funding: Community stained glass panel.

10/1996           Richard Mills Fellowship: Awarded to artists to travel in Europe to develop their work.

07/1990           Howard Martin Award Given annually by the Trust for excellence in stain glass.