Teresa chose to do her Foundation, Undergraduate, PGCE and Master's with the University of Reading.
She started out at Bracknell and Wokingham College on the Foundation Degree in Children's Development and Learning.
"Studying with people working in the same field was so helpful and there was so much collaboration and good practice being shared. Learning about the typical development of a child helped me understand those with special educational needs."
Teresa felt it was only natural that when it came to top up to a full BA (Hons) in Children's Development and Learning, she'd choose University of Reading for that as well.
"The BA shaped me into the teacher I am today and is the main reason I was awarded the Silver prize Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education from Pearson Education."
"It's going the extra mile, thinking about who the child is, where they have come from and where they need to get to, considering whether they have eaten, washed or had any sleep; all the things we were introduced to in the BA course that can impact whether that young person can be expected to learn today."
Teresa opted to stay with the University of Reading for her PGCE given the high reputation the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme had and because of her past experiences with studying at the University.
Teresa took the Primary PGCE route. She found the tutors inspirational, incredibly knowledgeable and always available for advice. Placements in Ascot and Wokingham showed her the diversity in the classroom and got Teresa thinking about the needs of the individual. Her final assignment looked at SEN in the mainstream class.
When it came to undertaking her master's Teresa chose leadership and management of educational change and found Professor Helen Bilton the study director very inspirational. "Her no frills, down to earth approach was perfect for me."
Teresa's master's dissertation looked at leading and managing educational change and highlighted how difficult it is to make an effective change in any organisation but also how important it is to ensure young people have the best possible experience in school.
"As teachers we are taught to reflect on our practice; my MA has made me reflect on the whole school practice."
Teresa is currently the lead teacher of a small Autism spectrum condition unit within a special needs school in Wokingham. In the future, she aspires to make it into senior leadership within a special needs setting.