Heather obtained her Master of Counselling ( Distinction) from Monash University, Australia and both her Master of Education (Distinction) and Bachelor of Arts from Massey University, New Zealand. She is a Registered Test User with the British Psychological Society, and a Specialist Assessor for Access Arrangements for international examinations. She is a qualified and experienced teacher of ages 5-18, and has ten years experience working in primary education, including specialist training in teaching Reading Recovery (specialist early literacy teaching). She has spent the last seventeen years leading support for learners in secondary education, including establishing an innovative and highly successful Learning Support Department at one of Ireland’s leading independent boarding schools (Clongowes Wood College). Heather has seven years of experience in guiding support for students with additional needs in international secondary schools in Hong Kong, and has experience of both the British and IB curriculums.
Heather’s interests lie in enabling students aged 11-18 to achieve success by engaging in their learning with confidence and enjoyment and without fear. She does this by sharing her knowledge of the most current research in neuroscience about learning skills, including motivation, memory, revision, organisation, and study and exam strategies. She empowers students to develop metacognitive and self-management skills that enable them to accelerate their learning progress and to achieve their personal goals. In her practice, Heather employs a strength-based philosophy based on the principles of Positive Psychology and Positive Education, and this builds confidence and self-knowledge within her students and enables them to thrive and flourish.
Heather has a proven track record of success in supporting students with diverse learning differences to attain outstanding examination/assessment results, including students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, executive functioning difficulties, autism, dyspraxia/developmental coordination disorder, and speech and language difficulties. She has special interests in extending the learning of Gifted and Talented students, and in supporting their specific emotional and social needs, and in teaching writing skills.