Joanna has 20 years’ experience working with children, including 12 years supporting those with specific educational and behavioural needs; autism, ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder (SPD), high-functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome), language delay, memory difficulties, focus and concentration difficulties, Down’s Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome and other needs.
She is a qualified specialist teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, an undergraduate degree with honours in Linguistics and Phonetics from the University of Leeds, a Masters’ of Education degree (with merit) in Inclusion, and Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
After graduating from the University of Leeds, Joanna worked as a speech and language therapist, behaviour advisor and occupational therapist assistant for the NHS Children’s Challenging Behaviour Team in Coventry. With a developed sense of empathy towards others, Joanna then decided to embark on a solo volunteering opportunity and worked as a teacher in one of the largest slums in Northern India. This was an eyeopening experience and attributed greatly to her continued passion to help others nationally and internationally today. Following this incredible experience Joanna was employed as an intern at The American School of London, UK. Upon successful completion, she was then headhunted to become a founding member and subsequent Head of Leaning Support at Chadwick International School in South Korea. Following 3 years in South Korea, she then travelled further afield and worked as the Head of Autism and Behaviour Support Teacher at an adolescent unit in Adelaide, South Australia. She further became the KS2 Lead teacher at an international school in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Joanna brings her extensive international experience back to Europe to make a profound difference to the families and children in the UK. She has a number of exciting success stories working with children with ASD (autism), ADHD, dyslexia, behaviour and communication difficulties, and other needs, which she would love to share!