Why am I still teaching/coaching instead of putting my feet up at my time of life?
Well, after I retired, I met an inspirational lady, Olive Hickmott, who shared with me a simple, yet profound process which enables people with dyslexia to use their strengths to learn to spell and read. (More about her in the What I Do Section.)
I now have the knowledge, skills and tools I wish I had known about 30 years ago!
Also, I believe something has gone terribly wrong in our education system and I feel people like me are needed more than ever to do what we can to change hearts and minds. I can’t give up!
Now I certainly don’t believe it’s my role to ‘save’ or ‘fix’ anyone but as a teacher and now learning coach, it has been a privilege to help people help themselves to discover and use their individual strengths and talents.
I’ve always believed that each one of us has the potential to achieve what we set our hearts and minds to do: to create the world around you, so that it matches the dreams in your mind.
I approach life with a core belief that we all have strengths and talents that we can use to achieve our dreams.
I’m grateful that that our paths have crossed. My mission and purpose is to empower those who want to change their lives, with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals.
I have a Certificate in Counselling Skills in Education. I am an accredited Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Coach (INLPTA) and an NLP trainer (John Grinder accreditation).
- through 1:1 sessions, coached over 300 students with dyslexia and other challenges
- clients referred to me from the Dyslexia Research Trust
- trained staff in more than thirty schools
- run courses at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre and for the educational charity Springboard
When I’m not working!
When I’m living the ‘retired’ life, I do my best to experience as much as I possibly can – I’m all too aware at my time of life what a short window of time we have here… Recent joys have been swimming with wild dolphins in Hawaii and re-discovering my early passion for acting by returning to the stage with a local amateur company.
More everyday activities are walking our dog, keeping trim with pilates, indulging in lovely holidays, meeting up with friends and spending time with family – oh and I have begun to learn the piano and quilting!
I’d love to have a chat with you.