Meet the Team
Director/lead teacher – Narinda Algar LLB(Hons) PGCE, ATS (SpLD) Dyslexia. (ATS No: 16/ATS11040) British Dyslexia Association November 2016
Narinda spent 2 years studying at the Institute of Education and was awarded Approved Teacher Status (ATS) of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). She has completed a Level 5 BDA accredited course and is officially recognised as competent to teach those with Specific Learning Difficulties Dyslexia.
Narinda is a trained teacher, gaining a 1st level at PGCE in English & Drama from the Institute of Education, and has been working within education for the past 10 years. She has spent the past 6 years dedicating herself to private tuition and learning about dyslexia/related issues. Narinda has a plethora of knowledge regarding both teaching & learning for children with dyslexia/dyscalculia, and dealing with professionals within the education system. She also endeavours to provide a supportive role for parents/carers, as, having gone through the journey herself, she has empathy and understanding for the challenges they face. Narinda has been tutoring SpLD Dyslexia for 6 years and pioneered the Algars Approach.
Business Consultancy– Matt Algar (BA Hons in
Psycho-Social Studies, Prince 2 Practitioner)
After working as Kent County Council’s Business Transformation Programme Manager for the Kent Troubled Families Programme within Patrick Leeson’s Education and Young Peoples Services Directorate, Matt provides support to the team and parents and has a wealth of experience that he brings to the team. He is an experienced Project and Programme Manager, has worked for Connexions Kent as a Project Manager helping young people back into education, employment or training and has worked for over 10 years’ as a professional trainer.
Teacher – Karen Simmons B.Ed. (Hons)
Karen has been with us since August 2013.
Karen is a fully trained and experienced teacher in both state & independent schools. She has also home tutored/flexi-schooled her own 4 children (who are successful grown-up’s now) and embraces this approach. Karen is passionate about teaching children ‘learning for life’, and is a creative maths specialist.
Eleanor Hawkins – Teacher BA (Hons, 1st class) Upper Primary & Lower Secondary Education with English.
Eleanor comes to us with 10 years’ experience as a qualified teacher. Previous roles include department lead for vulnerable pupils and Literacy co-ordinator. Eleanor has a real passion for supporting children to reach their potential and has been trained in the ‘Algar’s Approach’.
Sarah Carey - Trainee Teacher
Sarah has had an incredible amount of experience with dyslexia, SEN provision, the rights of parents as advocates for their children and in education in general. She has a dyslexic brain type herself and can, therefore, bring a deep understanding to her role as a trainee teacher/support worker. She is a mother of three children, all with variant levels of dyslexia, one of whom attended FSD. In the education sector, Sarah has more than twenty years’ experience across Early Years Education & has worked as a Development Office for a Local Education Authority, where she identified and developed training needs for those working with children from birth to Foundation Stage. Drawing on her 16 years’ experience as a Montessori practitioner, Sarah is acutely aware of how a positive education will have a huge impact on a child’s development and future learning.
Beckie German - Support Staff
Beckie spent 10 years working in the frenetic world of newspaper publishing, within advertising production. Happy to leave all that behind to raise her family, she has loved being an at home parent supporting her son throughout his education. During this time, Beckie was a member of the PTA at Wateringbury Primary School for 4 years, providing much needed support to the school in areas of fund raising and supporting children. As her son moves on to new adventures, Beckie is thrilled to be starting her own new chapter, joining the staff and children at FSD. She comes to us with excellent references, and is described as, ‘a loyal, wise and focussed person, committed and passionate about children and education. She is kind, empathic and dedicated, as well as being very artistic.’
Becca Appleton - Support Staff
Becca is an extremely creative person who has a dyslexic brain type and will be able to use her own experiences and knowledge to help build pupil’s self-esteem and belief that they too, can go far. Becca has done extremely well in her education and career, despite finding it difficult at times. She attended college and then university to acquire a BTEC in art and design and an HND in graphic design and went on to work in publishing, working to tight deadlines on glossy lifestyle magazine’s as Head of Production for over 20 years. Becca’s son also has dyslexia and attends FSD. She has been so overwhelmed by his experience so far, that when the opportunity arose, she decided to hand in her notice in order to take on the role at FSD to support, help and encourage others.
Lucy Smith - Office Manager
Lucy joined the team in September 2017 after working 26 years for Kent Police as an Intelligence Analyst. Starting off her career as a PA, she went on to gain vast experience and knowledge of analytical processes and data analysis with the Police. When offered the opportunity to come and work with Narinda and the rest of the team, she jumped at the chance.
Shobha Coutinho – MSc – Dyslexia (University Of Southampton);AMBDA (British Dyslexia Association) CCET (Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing) – Level A Practising Certificate Number 0507/20 issued by the Dyslexia Guild
We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with Shobha Coutinho, Director of Dyslexia Unlocked. Shobha has a wealth of experience within the field of Dyslexia and we have been working very closely over recent years. Shobha has agreed to provide her skills and expertise to our team supporting our quality assurance. We are also able to refer children directly to Shobha for an independent full diagnostic assessment.