Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background (including previous study) ?
I am an Early Childhood Special Education teacher with 10 years of experience. I have taught in various countries including, the USA, Thailand, Austria and the UK. My educational background prior to a Doctorate in Education includes a Bachelors in Human Services, Bachelors in Communication Disorders, and a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education.
Please tell us about your research topic…
I am researching the roles and responsibilities of Early Childhood Special Educators (ECSE), and how they support children with speech and language disorders. I hypothesise the need for additional training concerning young children's speech and language development within pre-service teacher training programmes for ECSE's.
What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
I believe in the power of early childhood education and early intervention, and the benefits children can receive from these programmes.
How has your experience been at the University so far?
The University of Leeds has created a positive learning experience for me as a novice researcher. The supervisors and training provided are informative and encourage success throughout the research process.
What do you like to do outside of studying?
I play Volleyball for the University's womens 1st team, travel, and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and skiing.
What do you think of Leeds as a city?
Leeds is a very beautiful city with various cultural experiences and entertainment.
What would you say to someone considering a research degree in the School?
The School of Education at the University of Leeds has so far been a positive learning experience, and would encourage others to attend.