As a school pupil and as a University and College student, I had always enjoyed spending time with young people who had additional support needs, and, from an early age, I knew that I wanted a career in special education. I qualified in both primary and secondary English teaching (B.Ed, Hons), and completed my probationary years in secondary schools in Greenock and Paisley before securing my first permanent job in Drummond Special School in Inverness.
I was lucky to be able to combine working with climbing lots of mountains in the highlands! My next teaching jobs were in Edinburgh and Livingstone, and during this time I completed my Diploma in Special Education, before moving to Dawson Park School as a Senior Teacher, when I completed my Masters in Inclusive Education.
It was very exciting to be part of the move from Dawson Park School to Carrongrange, and amazing that we will be on the move again so soon, again to a much improved building. It has also been a great privilege to have been so closely involved in the planning and design stages of our new school building, and I am very much looking forward to our next move!
After completing my Scottish Qualification in Headship (SQH), I became Headteacher of Carrongrange School in 2006, and have taken a great deal of satisfaction in seeing pupils moving through our school, maturing and changing into young adults. There will always be ways to improve our school, and there will always be a need for more quality post school provision for our pupils. I will continue to look for ways to make these improvements and to ensuring that staff and pupils at Carrongrange School have the opportunity to ‘Be All They Can Be!’