This is how 2 referees rated Julie:
I live and have worked in MEDWAY since I qualified as a primary school teacher.
Until recently, I worked for the local authority as manager of the Learning Support Service and as a specialist teacher.
I am an enthusiastic and committed teacher, interested in using new and innovative ways to make learning more personal and successful.
I enjoy teaching 7-11 year olds, especially children who find learning more difficult.
Teaching has never been just 'a job', but more a 'way of life' which has been both rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding, because I have had the opportunity to make a difference, and frustrating because education has often been treated like a social experiment, with children and teachers as 'guinea pigs'.
Private tutoring gives me the chance to do what I am good at - help learners overcome obstacles to learning and achieve greater levels of success, confidence and motivation.
I enjoy a good work/life balance. I have a busy social life outside teaching, with a wide variety of interests and hobbies, including reading, music and films, gardening, Lindyhop dancing, Vintage 1940s and 50s, dressmaking, Steampunk, going to concerts, pub quizzes, archery, walks around the Kent countryside and coast, visits to National Trust and English Heritage properties, travel around the UK and Europe.
I have been teaching for nearly 30 years. I have been a class teacher, a Senco and a dyslexia specialist in a learning support service.
I enjoy working with primary school children, especially those with dyslexia.
I am a member of PATOSS, the professional body for specialist teachers of learners with specific learning difficulties. I have a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) to carry out diagnostic assessments for dyslexia and dyscalculia.
I read widely and attend courses, seminars and conferences to maintain my Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
I have worked as a private tutor in the past and enjoy the unique relationship between tutor and child/family.
My approach as a dyslexia specialist is to provide personalised, multi-sensory tuition, that is structured, cumulative, delivered in small steps, with time built in for over learning, reinforcement and revision.
I am very patient, with a good sense of humour.
I like learning to be interactive, Confidence and self esteem are equally important factors to develop alongside academic skills.
I want my pupils to enjoy what they are learning and succeed, so I am very adaptable in my teaching approach and try to involve learners in planning their lessons whenever possible.
Learning materials are tailor made to suit the interest and needs of each child, to build on their strengths and support their weaknesses. Where possible, we will try to see it, hear it, think about it, say it, do it, touch it, move it- and smell it and taste it, if it helps!
I am very approachable and listen to parents and encourage them to be involved in their child's learning. I am happy to advise parents on activities, resources, strategies and approaches to support their child's learning, self esteem and confidence.
I am happy to liaise with class teachers and SENCOs in your child's school.