I am a keen reader and well-known among family and friends as a ‘book recommender’ or gift-giver, having seen the power – particularly for children – of books opening gateways to new experiences and adventures. For this reason, I am passionate about books that celebrate ‘difference’, texts that support children’s emotional wellbeing and understanding, and literature that expands vocabulary and knowledge.
In schools around Calderdale, I have been a teacher for over 12 years – mostly in Key Stage 1 and EYFS. I have been the Reading Leader, SENCO and Specialist Leader in Education, facilitating training and support in schools’ phonics teaching and learning. I am currently the Principal at Bowling Green Academy where reading from Reception to Year 6 is a real strength of the school.
My favourite book to read to children is ‘Jabari Jumps’ by Gaia Cornwall.