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Summary

I am a semi-retired teacher who has a strong interest in the local community and its issues.

I feel that my experience, obtained through teaching,  has provided me with a useful set of transferrable skills - motivating, organising and problem solving.

My family have lived in the Totland and Freshwater areas for a few hundred years or so and I am an enthusiatic researcher of local history. I care deeply about the West Wight. 

I am passionate about local issues and have some experience of campaigning and making a difference. I was actively engaged in campaigning for the reinstatement of the path access on Totland Sea Wall and am also heavily involved on the commitee of the Friends of Freshwater Library with responsibility for publicity and advertising.

I strongly believe that we have an incredible community inTotland and Freshwater,  which is growing in strength.  I am keen to be involved in helping to shape and improve our community for everyone. 

I have excellent IT and  communication skills. I currently administer several community groups on Facebook, the most important of which is a page dedicated to showcasing Totland and Freshwater. 

Work History

2009present

Sessional Lecturer

Milton Keynes College - HMP Isle of Wight

Sessional Lecturer (specialist subject: English. Sessional cover in other subjects as needed)

I am currently employed by Milton Keynes College on a sessional  ad hoc cover basis.

20032009

Sessional Lecturer

The Manchester College - HMP New Hall, Yorkshire

Sessional Lecturer (Specialist subjects: Literacy - English, lifeskills, induction).

Education

20032004

Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Training

University of Huddersfield

A post graduate teaching qualification with a Social Science specialism.

20002003

Applied Social Science (Criminology)

University of Southampton

A three year degree course covering a broad range of Social Science subjects with a particular emphasis on Criminology. I obtained First Class Honours. 

Additional certificates

2013Present

Level 5 Teaching Literacy in the Lifelong Learning Sector

A post graduate subject specialism course at level 5

2012Present

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

A specialist qualifcation for teaching English as a foreign language

2013Present

QTLS status (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills)

A QTS equivalent (Qualified Teacher Status)

Skills

A skilled and sensitive facilitator

Strong IT skills including multi media applications

Organised and focused

Excellent research and presentation skills

Interests

Reading

Cycling

Walking

Organising events

Campaigning

Raising awareness of the West Wight through Social Media platforms

Contact 

The Old Cottage

Summers Lane

Totland Bay

Isle of Wight

PO39 0HL

Telephone: 01983 755453

Mobile: 07764 490 935

wood.helen@gmail.com