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Victoria Beattie – Class Teacher

posted 22 Mar 2017, 02:39 by James Dorey

When I was a little girl I always dreamt of being a teacher, playing schools with my dolls and getting into trouble for making our family dog sit for hours in the ‘classroom’. Little did I know that one day I would fulfil my dream and real children would be (hopefully) listening to me.

It was surprising that my dream came true as when I was a little girl I was only able to hear 5 -10% through my left ear; classing me as deaf, using gestures, lip reading and shouting to understand people. So, as you can imagine, Chinese whispers at school wasn’t ideal and neither was sport as I had no balance at all. When I was seven I was able to have corrective surgery which allowed me to hear fully for the first time. With this my speech improved but sadly my balance did not so still, to this day, I fall over air!

Here I am as a teacher. I worked in a mainstream school with SEN facilities for a few years before entering the world of Special Needs teaching, which, by the way, is a totally different ball game entirely that no one fully can explain, it’s just truly amazing.

I have been at Columbus for two years at Easter and the time has flown by. I have learned, progressed and overcome many things in my time so far and hope that this continues into the future. I teach with passion, love and pure enjoyment for the children and their families, supporting them in any way possible.

Thank you Columbus for giving me the opportunities and providing me with the skills, knowledge and expertise you have so far.