I am a Swindonian by birth and having been educated and worked in this area all of my life, I have a strong sense of the value of community and have always looked for an opportunity to participate for the good of the area and the people in it. My working life has mainly been in finance,customer service and management.
My interests, though are diverse, having a love of the local countryside, especially The Downs, Avebury and The Ridgeway. I have always been drawn towards The Arts and while working, I achieved an Open University Degree which served to increase my love of History, Art History, Literature and Classical Music. I particularly enjoy visiting art galleries, in the UK and abroad. I like to discover how artists from different periods and backgrounds reinvented themes such as landscape, still life and classical themes to represent their own experience.
However, in addition to these interests I also enjoy relaxing in more traditional pursuits such as watching Swindon Town, playing badminton and swimming. My interest in music also reaches to the contemporary era.I can play piano for personal enjoyment having had some formal lessons.I am also a percussion player in Swindon Samba, a group that was formed in 2009 to play all styles of Brazilian style rhythms and you may see us in and around the town and local area, particularly during the summer months.
Although this is a new venture for me, I hope that my enthusiasm to share my interests and knowledge will Removed both rewarding and enjoyable.
I have no formal teaching qualification to date but intend to begin studying to achieve this from June 2011. My experience in tutoring to date is twofold. Firstly, in my previous employment as a senior finance manager, I was responsible for creating and leading internal training courses. It was a vital aspect of this role to be organised, a good communicator,an active listener and someone able to assess development and provide feedback to ensure progression. Secondly, I I am currently volunteering as an assistant in adult basic education, at Swindon College, helping adults with basic English literacy to help develop their competence and knowledge through one to one tuition. I also spent many years working with a local Mencap group, helping adults with learning difficulties to participate and enjoy a range of leisure activities, thereby gaining confidence through better integration in society.
I enjoy working with people on a one to one basis as I can quickly get to know them, understand their personality and establish their interests. From this I can propose the format and direction they wish the tutorials to take. My style is relaxed and informal as I believe that more is achieved when someone is at ease but I have experience of structuring a program so that I can tailor and plan according to requirements, whether as a short or long term project. I welcome interaction, debate and discussion and, whereas a traditional classroom may be intimidating for some, in a private setting, the sharing of ideas is less daunting and more spontaneous.
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|Swindon College||1995||College||A Level History - C|
|Open University||1993||Bachelors||Arts Degree (2nd Class Hons)|
|Swindon College||1984||College||A Level English Literature - B|
|St Joseph's Comprehensive||1980||School||O Level English Literature A|
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