Experience: Rick began his career as a KS2 teacher in mainstream primary schools. From here he moved to working in specialist settings, initially teaching KS3 and KS4 in a residential school for young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. In this setting he developed a base unit for younger students as the school began its intake of KS2 children. Following this position, Rick moved into a role developing and managing a Learning Support Unit for East Leeds and KS2 pupils. From 2011 Rick set up a Learning Support Centre for KS1 for North West Leeds. He currently works as the lead teacher and centre manager for this provision.
What you enjoy most about the teaching profession:
"I enjoy having the opportunity to be at the forefront of change to working practice and seeing the positive impact this has on children and young people."
Experience: Currently a Deputy Headteacher at St, Peter and Pauls', an outstanding school in Yeadon. Senior leadership responsibilities have included leading curriculum, safeguarding, assessments, literacy, maths, R.E, SMSC, mentoring of School Direct students and performance management of colleagues. Has also lead whole school initiatives for learning behaviour and charter marks. Has also offered school to school support in the areas of developing leadership, curriculum planning, writing and assessment. Is also a writing moderator for Leeds Education Authority.
What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Preparing children for their future so that they achieve their true potential. Being creative and the professional dialogue with colleagues."
Experience: Elle joined St. Mary’s Menston in September 2010 after working as a Key Stage 3 Coordinator. During the following years she has worked as a Literacy Coordinator across schools and Key Stage Coordinator for years 3 and 5. She is a valued member of the English team.
What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Being in the classroom, driving changes and the developing curriculum."
Natalia Gonzalez Rodriguez
Experience: I joined Holy Family in 2002 as an FLA (Foreign Language Assistant) and became a full time MFL teacher in September 2007. During my time at HFCS I have had the opportunity to work within the ITT programme mentoring ITT students in Spanish. I have also worked alongside primary schools by facilitating and delivering Spanish lessons/resources. I have worked alongside colleagues in my department (Spanish department) to improve teaching and learning strategies.
What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "The relationships with students, seeing a positive impact both in adult and children".
Experience: Joined St. Mary’s Horsforth in September 2015 after working as part of the SLT at St. Anthony’s (Clayton) for 14 years. Have led and delivered maths inset for Schools Direct students and within my own environment as part of school initiatives. A vast experience of teaching KS2 and raising attainment across school.
What do you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Observing pupils make progress, enjoy learning and gaining confidence."
Experience: 18 years teaching in primary schools, 16 at IHOM and currently an Assessment Manager, KS1 Leader and SENCo.
What you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Making a difference for children and helping them reach their potential. Every day is different and brings new challenges to address."
Experience: Sarah joined Holy Name in April 2015 after working as an English leader at Low Moor CE Primary in Bradford. During her time as English leader she has led training in guided reading, phonics, SPaG assessment in reading and writing.
What you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Working with children and seeing the progress they make both in my own class and throughout school."
Experience: AST for English at a previous school, working on raising achievement primarily in an in-house capacity. Also Head of Department with post holder responsibility for KS4 (years 9-11). Lead English tutor for SCITT.
What you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Teaching creative and engaging lessons to all learners that build a love of English. Helping all youngsters to unlock their potential (continuing to close the gap). Planning exciting and challenging SOLS. Analysing data to review/evaluate progress and inform planning."
Experience: 12 years Head of Music, implementation of curriculums across KS3, 4 and 5. Year 6 to Year 7 transition, an outstanding practitioner and a trained coach and mentor (NCTL).
What you enjoy most about the teaching profession: "Seeing young people succeed as a result of high quality teaching and learning."