Hi, I’m Kate!
I am a languages teacher and mentor.
I have been a MFL teacher for just over 13 years, a Head of Department for 6 of those and an ITT mentor for the last 10. Over the years, I have had a good reputation for being a supportive mentor and colleague and I have grown more and more passionate about finding ways to support others.
My goal is to support you in your career. Firstly, I want to help you to find the strategies which work for you in and out of the classroom. To guide you to discover ideas you can use to optimise your time outside of the classroom so that you have the biggest impact in the classroom.
Secondly, I want to open your mind to different perspectives on life and teaching. We all know those teachers who seem to take everything in their stride! Well, I’m here to tell you that most of the time it has nothing to do with what they’re doing but how they view what they are being asked to do. Mindset is everything, especially in a demanding job like teaching.
Take a look at this page to see all the different ways in which I can support you.
I have started to save all of my resources as I am creating them both for whole school and MFL. The MFL resources can be adapted as necessary. You can find them by clicking the relevant tab at the top of the site.
I have also started to create CPD training videos on different aspects of teaching. Again, you can find these in the menu at the top of the page.
Finally, I have my blog which is full of posts to support you holistically in your career. Even though our jobs are important, we are more than just teachers! Take a look through the blogs by clicking the relevant tab at the top of this site.
I have been a NQT and ITT Mentor for the last 10 years and I have loved every moment of supporting new teachers through their first few years of their career.
It is a very emotional time as well as a busy one and I am big believer that seeking support is a huge strength in any career but especially in teaching. As a result, I have created a NQT support group which will be jam-packed with advice, one on one support and interviews from experts to make that transition from PGCE to RQT as smooth as possible.
Feedback from NQTs
Rachel: “I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding, helpful and professional NQT mentor than Kate. She coached me through the most turbulent year for most teachers with an ever-present ear, a kind word and a unique ability to turn negatives into positives. For me, Kate’s best attribute was her calm aura. In the 5 years I worked with Kate, I never once felt uncomfortable approaching her with a problem I was facing in the classroom because she engendered such a ‘safe space’. I know I would not have the confidence in the classroom I do today without Kate’s support.
Sarah: As an NQT starting out my career in a particularly challenging school, I knew I was lucky to have a mentor like Kate. Without doubt, Kate is an outstanding practitioner with a huge range of knowledge and expertise. I learnt a huge amount from her, which made me the teacher I am today. However, the most important thing for me was that she cared… cared about her students, about me, about my progress and my well-being, about her other colleagues, about her family and about her friends. My parents always said to me, ‘You can be whatever you want to be, just always be kind.’ I spotted this quality in Kate very quickly. In a very busy and professional environment, I remember she was the first person to take an interest in me…where was I from, how did I meet my other half, what made me happy, why teaching? And because of this investment in me as a person as well as a teacher, Kate had the balance exactly right.
I have always wanted to help people. When I was 10, I had my first panic attack and I was amazed at the different reactions from teachers. Some were very unhelpful while others were incredibly supportive. They showed me the power we have to make a difference in someone’s life and my love for supporting others was born.
As well as 10 GCSEs and 3 A-levels, I have 2:1 BA joint Honours Degree in Education and French from Aberystwyth University. I also have a PGCE in MFL from the ages of 11-18 with SEN and I have an Open University qualification in Spanish which I completed during my NQT year. I have also been accredited with a diploma in Coaching and Mentoring.
My Personal Life
In my personal life, I am a wife and mum of two (Jake, 8 and Sophie, 3) who keep me on my toes at all times. I geek out about how the mind works and I love learning more. In my spare time, you can find me goofing around with my husband and children, watching movies and eating pizza or finding new ways to inspire and support teachers.