I started my career as a Primary School Teacher, training at Canterbury Christ Church University, and worked for four years in mainstream schools in the UK. During my training, I did a placement at a specialist dyslexia centre in my village, and this was when I discovered that support learners in this area was what I really wanted to do. I trained as a Specialst Teacher and Assessor with Dyslexia Action and once my training was complete, I began working as a private tutor, also collaborating with other learning centres to help support their learners. I have been tutoring both online and face-to-face since 2015, supporting learners from Year 3 (Grade 2) to Year 13 (Grade 12) with literacy, maths and study skills.
I have lived in Berlin since 2015 and now have a one-year-old daughter, who keeps me very busy during the day! In my free time, I enjoy reading, dancing and going to the theatre.
Jo is a qualified Primary School Teacher, as well as a qualified Dyslexia Specialist Teacher.
Her interest in dyslexia started while she was training to be a teacher, and she completed her final dissertation research project on dyslexia and creativity. Since then, she has gained a wealth of experience in working with students with learning difficulties across all age ranges. She has worked as a specialist tutor in the learning support department at several primary schools, and has taught adults with specific learning difficulties. She has also taught in both primary and secondary schools for children with special educational needs, which also involved a lot of work with children on the autistic spectrum.
She currently works alongside her tutoring at Blackburn College as a support tutor for dyslexic learners in further and higher education. This includes working with them towards retaking their English and maths GCSE exams, working on Functional Skills qualifications and supporting with their coursework up Level 6 (degree level). She also assesses for exam access arrangements.
Jo enjoys canoeing, walking, cycling, skiing, gardening and DIY. She also plays the piano and the flute, and has two children (although they are now grown up!).
Jo is a qualified secondary school teacher and teacher of English as a second language. She has taught psychology in several schools across the UK. Her background allowed her to gain experience of working with learners with specific learning difficulties, differentiating her lessons in order to help them access their learning in the best possible way and working to tailor her teaching to suit their learning styles.
Jo also lived in South Korea for two years, teaching English to students there, giving her plenty of experience of working with learners of a multilingual background. Living in Berlin, she now tutors English 1:1 both online and face-to-face to second language learners in both primary and secondary school.
Leanne holds Approved Practitioner Status from the British Dyslexia Association, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Language, Literacies and Dyslexia from Birmingham University and a BA(Hons) in English Literature. She is also a qualified TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teacher, meaning she is well suited to working with multiilingual learners! She has taught English to students in Granada and Honduras, and has lived in Cape Town and Zimbabwe.
Leanne currently works for Devon Dyslexia Service as a learning coach and specialist tutor, working with secondary school learners across the curriculum to support with their literacy and study skills.
Prior to her current roles, Leanne worked as a teaching assistant, running 1:1 literacy interventions as part of her role. She has also volunteered in several primary schools as a literacy and numeracy support teacher, giving her experience of working with a range of learners and age groups.