Our committee consists of several volunteers who are all in some way connected to Dyslexia. Most of us work during the day.
Sarah Peel, Sarah is the senior orthoptist at the General Hospital and runs her own company VisionWorks which specialises in the assessment of eye problems associated with specific learning difficulties. Sarah has been Chairperson of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society's specific learning difficulties group for 3 years and has extensive knowledge of the visual problems which affect learning in both adults and children. Sarah will be standing is as Chairperson whilst Ruth Smith is away travelling.
Secretary and Membership Secretary:
Judy Gardener, is a full time mum of two teenage boys one of whom is dyslexic. She would be happy to speak to parents about her experiences and offer advice where needed.
Linda Power, BA Degree in Financial Services is a Degree Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at Jersey International Business School. Linda is an experienced sales manager who has worked within the financial services Treasury environment for 15 years.
She has also been working within the educational sector teaching ICSA investment and has completed the preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS) qualification and has completed 10 professional exams with the current qualification, Investment Advise Diploma (IAD) Level 4 in 2013.
Her previous responsibilities have included building and selling structured products across all asset classes at the Royal Bank of Scotland International. Linda also provided CPD events for internal and external clients within the banking sector on structuring products, hedging and foreign exchange.
Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist:
Dr Alessio Agostinis BSc Hons DClin Psychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist currently working with chronic health conditions in Jersey. Alessio has varied experience in a variety of settings including extensive experience in psychometric assessments in neuropsychology departments.
More recently Alessio has become interested in dyslexia in adults. He has attended specialist training with the British Dyslexia Association and currently offers formal assessment of dyslexia in adults, as well as workplace assessments and recommendations for reasonable adjustments.
Chartered Consultant Educational Psychologist:
Lucyna H Dziemian Cert Ed BSc Hons MSc Educational Psychology is an Independent Chartered Educational Psychologist. Lucyna was a qualified teacher and has extensive experience of working across a range of ages from 6 - 16. She was Head of Special Needs at a large primary school in the UK and also worked with students with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
After qualifying as an Educational Psychologist, Lucyna worked in Lancashire and was also involved with the CAMHS team in assessing students with AD/HD.
Lucyna worked as an Educational Psychologist for the States of Jersey and was involved with CAMHS in assessing students with AD/HD.
Lucyna currently works as an Independent Educational Psychologist and offers formal assessment of Dyslexia and associated difficulties in children together with recommendations for action and support.
Cath Brown. Retired Special Needs teacher and School librarian, now teaches children privately from home.
Anne Kent. Severely Dyslexic, Anne could not read before the age of forty-seven, 15 years ago. Since then she has gone on to achieve a BA Hons in Social Sciences and has received numerous awards.
She has also completed the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) qualification and gained the City & Guilds Gold Medal For Excellence.
Anne has had a chapter published in the "Employment and Dyslexia Handbook" by the British Dyslexic Association and advises dyslexic students and adults on how technology can assist their learning.
Annie Lezala. Specialist teacher in Learning
Needs at Le Rocquier School and assesses students with Specific
Learning Difficulties at Victoria College, Hautlieu and Les
She is also the assessor for the Jersey Disabled Students Allowance. Annie holds the Hornsby Diploma.
Muffy Sinclair. Taught at St Michael's School for many years and has attended many courses in dyslexia. Muffy is now a private tutor for pupils aged seven to eleven.
Ruth Smith. Learning Support Teacher, has decided to take a Gap Year from October 2013 and travel around the world until February 2014 when she will be teaching in St Clement's Primary School, Malindi, East Kenya for six months.
The J.D.A. have paid for 'Swap and Fix' card games which will be well used in the classes Ruth will be helping.
She will return to Jersey in October 2014.
Learning should be fun, so to help children want to learn, the games they play should stimulate their imaginations...