The Reception team:
Mrs Sally Davies – Team Leader & Class Teacher
Mrs Katie Rickard – Class Teacher
Mrs Chris Wanostrocht – Class Teacher
Mrs Clare Down – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sophie Scott - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Michelle Pearse - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jackie Waldron – Teaching Assistant
I have been teaching at Shiphay Learning Academy since September 2017 as a Reception teacher. Before joining the team here, I worked for three years in Totnes teaching in Reception and Year One. I love teaching in Foundation Stage as I have a degree in Early Years, and really understand the importance of learning through play. Whilst teaching in Totnes, I developed ideas for learning outside and love getting the class in the open space as it is such a valuable place to learn.
Shiphay is a very special place to me as it is where I came to school. This school plays a huge part of the community and I feel lucky to be a part of it. I feel it is important to teach around the children’s interests and provide them with a range of ways to develop their learning. Learning in Reception is the foundation for a child’s education, and what I strive to do is give children a love for learning as this stays with them throughout their lives. I am really excited to have another year in the Foundation Stage.
I have been a teacher here at Shiphay for the past twelve years, teaching Year One and Reception classes. Prior to that I was employed as a Teaching Assistant at the school for eight years working with Special Needs children and I also ran a playgroup. On completing my degree in Early Years Education and finishing my Teacher Training, I was lucky enough to gain a position at the school where I could use my skills and experience.
I enjoy teaching in all areas of the curriculum but especially enjoy using Outdoor Education as a way to help children understand the world and respect nature and their environment.
In my classroom I promote a multi-sensory approach to learning, using play as an opportunity for children to think creatively, solve problems and link ideas. I aim to provide a stimulating environment that suits all types of learners, creating areas for reflection, thinking, exploring and wonder!
Over the past three years I have supported Newly Qualified Teachers in their first year of teaching and I have thoroughly enjoyed this mentoring role.
Since I was very young, I have always loved caring for children and when my own children were young, I volunteered in school and also spent many years as a "dinner lady". In 2000, the opportunity came up for me to be a Teaching Assistant and I grabbed it with both hands and have been here ever since. I began my initial years in Upper and Middle School before joining the Inclusion team in 2010. I enjoy the variation of things that I get to do, including speech therapy and working with children with Special Educational needs and Disabilities.
I love my job very much and feel lucky and honoured to hold my post.