From 1991 to 2010 Deb was employed as a teaching assistant/higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) at a local primary school. Her role there involved teaching music and ICT skills to Key Stage 1 children and covering Foundation Stage classes.
During this time she managed and organised a team of staff within the school’s afterschool club, one of the first of its kind in Lancashire. Her remit extended to bidding for grants and working closely in partnership with various other services.
Deb joined Blackpool and The Fylde College in 2010. Since then she has facilitated and assessed a range of childhood and health and social care subjects from entry level to level 3. She has also overseen the role of English Co-ordinator.
• early education
• childhood literacy and numeracy
• policies and procedures
• preparation for school
• working in partnership
Courses I Teach
Qualifications and Accolades
• QTLS (2012)
• PGCE (2011)
• BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (2010)
• Foundation Degree Professional Practice in Childhood Studies (2009)
• NNEB (1999)
1989 - St Cuthberts Primary School
1991-2012 - St John Vianney Primary School
1994-1997 - Afterschool Club Co-ordinator St John Vianney Primary School
1997-2010 - Committee St John Vianney Pre-School
• grass roots research
• Elm training
• mindfulness and wellbeing research
• cluster meetings
When I was studying for my Foundation Degree I found all of the staff so inspirational and motivational I decided I wanted to be part of the team. Everyone here is supportive of one another and works above and beyond to ensure every student reaches their true potential.
My favourite quote is by H. Jackson Brown Jr: “When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.”