Our committee consists of several volunteers who are all in some way connected to Dyslexia. Most of us work during the day.
Kate Langlois, A Jersey born mother of two teenage boys, one of whom is Dyslexic, Kate has worked for many years within the financial services industry in Investment Banking, mainly in London, gaining a wealth of Business and Project Programme Management Skills along the way.
Having returned to Jersey about 5 years ago with her family for an easier pace of life, she is Head of Project Portfolio Management in a Global Law firm specialising in Intellectual Property.
She has a particular interest in assistive technology and through experience of her own sons early struggles with Dyslexia, is passionate about making screening, diagnosis and support more accessible to all. Kate has recently stepped in as Interim Chair and in this capacity is keen to receive feedback from members on how Dyslexia Jersey can be most effective in providing support to those struggling with Dyslexia.
Meetings 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. Since then she has gone on to achieve a BSc 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" 2009 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...