MA (Hons) HISTORY and Psychology – Dundee University
PGCE (QTS) – Nottingham University
Certified Coach CMCC and ACC (International Coach Federation)
iNTERNATIONAL TRAINER, MENTOR, AND AUTHOR
I truly believe that coaches need to be highly trained and certified. Just as teachers should be professionally trained and qualified, so should coaches. A certified coach is one who has undergone rigorous training and mentoring. They have also gone the extra mile to have their coaching competency independently verified by an external body. My training and competency has been assessed by the International Coach Federation.
After leaving Dundee University with my Masters in Psychology and History (MA Hons), I then trained and qualified to be a Primary school teacher at Nottingham University PGCE (QTS). I was one of the very first successful graduates of their School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme, (SCITT) whose motto was, “Outstanding teachers, trained in Outstanding Schools.”
Certified Coach (CMCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation
After 18 years as a teacher, middle and senior leader, I then became Head of School. With so much passion for working to support children and families, I trained to become a Certified Organisational Leadership coach, choosing to specialise and work with children, families and schools.
I am a qualified and globally accredited Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation. You can read more about the International Coach Federation here. Now I work as a Life Coach for Children and their families, both in Marbella, Spain and internationally via Skype.
With so many years working within the education system in very diverse settings and roles, I still remain passionate about supporting teachers, senior leaders and Principals. I work with teachers to thrive both personally and professionally in their demanding roles, run workshops internationally and coach senior leaders and Principals.
Throughout my career I have lead many training sessions for teachers internationally. This May I presented 4 highly successful workshops for teachers and senior leaders at the Nordic Network in Oslo. Workshops were based on raising self-esteem in the classroom. positive relationships with parents, developing reflective thinking skills, and on my book, which can be bought on Amazon: click here
I have also recently co-authored a book for primary school practitioners to enable them to bring a coaching approach to the primary classroom.