Hello, I am Katie and I am passionate about working with children. I have over 30 years experience both from a caring and educational background, having been a Nanny, a 1:1 LSA, an HLTA and a teacher. I spent two amazing summers at a Girl Scouts summer camp in the USA which had a huge impact on me and shaped my future in working with children. I am very enthusiastic and love helping children discover how exciting and wonderful our world is and what fun we can have uncovering its secrets.
Much of my work over the years has been with children who have Special Educational Needs and I have developed a wealth of experience. I particularly enjoy the challenge and fulfillment of helping children to overcome any barriers to their learning and to help them to develop vital life skills.
I firmly believe children learn more through experience and play. I have run Intervention groups in schools for Funfit, handwriting, touch typing and Lego therapy. More recently, I developed a programme of activities for children with visual processing difficulties and Auditory Processing difficulties. I am a fully qualified teacher having taught most Primary school subjects and I also teach extra Maths and English 1:1 sessions. Many of my pupils had/have Dyslexia, some have other more specific learning difficulties. I particularly enjoy this role and the ability to plan specific lessons for each individual child.
I am a single parent and have two daughters, one of whom has Autism and severe Anxiety and until I heard of Esteem team I found it extremely difficult to find support, so I understand the frustrations of getting help for your child.
I want to help other families to achieve the very best for their children, giving them the opportunity to grow and learn and be happy and feel safe and have Fun! I am really looking forward to becoming part of the Esteem Team.
I love the outdoors having grown up on a smallholding with lots of animals. I have seen with my own daughter how much animals can help with sensory difficulties and anxiety and I would like to work with animals to support children. I also love art, reading and walks with my dog Benji.