I'm Maria and I'm a young, qualified teacher. I've taught in a number of schools and worked with children from nursery right up to Year 6. On Saturdays, I run a study support and enrichment programme in Brixton, where young students, from KS1 to KS3, receive help with their homework and gain access to a range of exciting learning opportunities.
I love learning, and I love the confidence and joy learning brings. I love the journeys that learning takes us on, and how it has the ability to make such incredible changes to our lives.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, researching and travelling. I also enjoy going to the theatre, attending spoken word events and going to the cinema.
I hold QTS, and I have been working as a primary school teacher for more than a year now. I have worked in several schools, from large academies to small, one form entry schools, and I have worked with children from early years to Year 6.
Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a teaching assistant, both in mainstream and special educational needs settings. I worked extensively as a 1:1 teaching assistant who helped pupils with autism and behavioural difficulties access learning.
Other than my work in schools, I support young residents in Brixton every week. Here, I plan and deliver a series of sessions designed to improve the children's experiences of education, and create more positive and fulfilling learning opportunities. The children receive support with their homework, are taught lessons which focus on key life skills, and they attend trips, such as to the local library and the theatre.
During school holidays, I work as a play leader who helps plan and deliver a number of play and learning activities, such as team building games and sports sessions. I also accompany children on trips all over the country, including Southend, Legoland, and Thorpe Park.
Working in these different educational settings allows me to focus on different teaching skills, and adds experience and knowledge to my teaching approach. All three environments make me a better, more informed educator, and help put me in good stead for future opportunities, such as becoming a successful and sought-after tutor!
I am a teacher who combines excitement and fun with worthwhile, relevant learning opportunities. This is the best way that children learn, and all my tutoring lessons reflect this.
I am respectful to all my students as I understand the importance of a reciprocal learning environment. I listen to my pupils, and help them to grow and develop in accordance with achievable, personalised goals.
I have a strong working knowledge of the national curriculum, and school and assessment expectations. I teach my students to persevere, to take risks, and be thorough and determined learners. I teach them not to give up, especially when facing challenges. I teach my students to focus on how able and strong they really are, and how to best use this confidence to overcome fears and reach new heights.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||2016||PGCE||Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)|
|DeMontfort University||2012||Bachelors||2:1 Politics and International Relations|