At the start of this new academic year, once again, we welcome several new faces to the team. We have been able to recruit some fabulous new staff and over the next few months, we will be interviewing each one of them to find out why they have decided to join the team and what skills they feel they will be able to share with us. A number of these staff have previously spent some time with us on a supply basis and it pays tribute to the work we do that they want to continue their professional journey with us.
Vicky Cardwell joins us as a teacher within our KS2 / KS3 Pegasus Centre. Vicky first started working with us last year as a member of supply staff and we are delighted that she is now a permanent member of the team. Vicky has been teaching for about nine years and has taught in a variety of different subject areas. As a keen cook, Vicky is often found in the kitchen, baking up a storm! Although a qualified teacher, Vicky is also keen to study for a degree in Psychology degree. She loves the group she is working with and is fascinated by all the different characters
Ramazan Ali is going to be with us for a full academic year as a PE teacher, to cover Bobby Moss who has taken a year out to complete a PGCE. Ramazan is a real character and he has already started to have a big impact on our young people. As a semi professional break dancer, Ramazan can never be accused of being shy, so let us watch out for the next production of "Educational Diversity has got talent"! Ramazan first studied at UCLAN before going onto completing his PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is passionate about all sports and absolutely loves working with our young people.
Hazel Mountain has also joined the team here at Educational Diversity. Hazel is a very quietly spoken individual, who has a wonderful skill of remaining calm which really helps settle a young person's behaviour. She is doing lots of 1:1 support, along with some small group work within Pegasus. Hazel loves the outdoors and really enjoys swimming. Hazel was born in Blackpool before moving to Germany when she was about 7. I have just spoken with a young person she was working with and I asked him to say something about her. He replied "She is like my mum". I cannot think of a nicer comment to make. Welcome to the team Hazel!
Mick Turner was appointed as a teacher of science in July and is currently based at our Oracle Centre, working with our KS4 students. Mick is able to retain lots of information and is always useful when he is on your team in a quiz! In a short time he has really begun to make a difference and has inspired the young people through science
Ashleigh Beasley was on supply with us last year and is now a permanent member of staff working as a special support assistant, based at Athena. Ashleigh brings lot of skills to the team and is already making an impact at Athena. She used to work with Estee Lauder for many years and so is always on hand with some hair and beauty tips!!
Katie Campbell is working as an SSA in Pegasus, having worked with us last year on a supply basis. Katie has settled in really well and is already part of the team.
Ian Fitzgerald is going to be with us for the rest of this year and is teaching science at our Athena Centre. Ian has got a big character and he has a way of really hooking the young people into learning. Anyone going into Athena must watch out whilst passing his classroom, to see if they can spot the spelling mistake!
Finally, I would to welcome Gill Fennel and Patrick Brocklebank to the team. They are going to be working with us on a Consultancy basis to help us drive forward with our teaching and learning and assessment processes
Welcome aboard xxx