Meet The Shropshire Tutors

Meet The Team

Adele Conlon

Director & Tutor

The Governess!

Adele founded Shropshire Tutor in 2012, following a long career in teaching spanning 15 years. She left the profession so she could deliver tailored education programmes to children within the County, helping boost their confidence and ensuring that she hand picks her tutoring staff to deliver the same ethos and principles that she has always believed in throughout her teaching career.

She continues to inspire and develop the minds of children and this passion is seen through the fantastic feedback we receive.

Adele ensures that her team is ready, focused and posed to continue the superb foundation that she has laid when she founded the company originally.

Robert Dodds


I have been a secondary school maths teacher for 12 years and believe building confidence and overcoming the “maths is hard mentality” is key to students progressing and exceeding their targets.

I left the RAF 2004 where I had been an Aircraft Electrical Engineer. During my service I studied with the Open University to gain my degree. I had spent a number years as an instructor in the RAF, so becoming a teacher seemed a good choice for a new career when I left.

Confidence is key, I believe in building on success.

    Sandra Guest


    Hello,my name is Sandra and i am a mom,grand-mom , a supply teacher currently working in primary schools and a tutor.

    I love teaching and tutoring and firmly believe that every child deserves the best education to enable them to fulfill their potential.

    I have a wealth of experience and adapt my lessons to the individual pupil”s needs with a bit of fun thrown in!

    Working for Shropshire Tutors enables me to help individual children to progress at their own pace. It is so rewarding to hear

    I understand it now

    from a child who has previously failed to do so.

      Emma Robinson


      I am currently working for Telford and Wrekin as a primary school class teacher in year 3, although I’ve worked across both Key Stages 1 and 2 since 2003 with a short career break in between to concentrate on my own two children.

      I very much enjoy my job, but find I get a lot more personal satisfaction from working with children on a 1-1 basis: there is nothing more enjoyable than working with a child who has been finding difficulty in a particular area and then seeing them have that light-bulb moment where things suddenly start to slot into place.

      Everyone is different, no matter what age we are, and sometimes those goals are achieved after a long battle. However, I try to ensure that until we reach the point where the water becomes a little less muddy that the sessions are made as fun as possible and that children enjoy their learning journey, ultimately resulting in their self-esteem and confidence boosting.

        Lucy Price

        As a young, motivated and passionate science teacher I’m so excited to join the Shropshire Tutor team.

        I am a Cardiff University BSc Zoology graduate, with a PGCE in Secondary Science (Majoring in Biology). I am very passionate about my profession and Biology as that is my specialty! I have experience working with all abilities and try to make the more complicated concepts very easy to understand and then apply.

        I have taught Biology and some units of chemistry and physics through to GCSE; with all 3 at KS3 and some Biology A-level. I have experience working with lower-ability sets and SEN, but also pushing for those higher grades in top sets too.

        My philosophy on tutoring is that it should be a holistic relationship; taking into account each student’s background, nurturing them in a situation in which they feel comfortable challenging themselves and being creative. In my job, I really enjoy being able to work 1:1 with pupils or in small groups because it enables you to get to know the way that child works much more than when teaching large groups. I think this is a really important factor of tutoring, as the student presents themselves as being much more vulnerable in their abilities and work when you’re 1:1 they need to feel comfortable. I love to teach really engaging lessons, and find using analogies really helps pupils understand the trickier concepts.

        As a tutor, my teaching approach is quite interactive, whilst offering a challenge. I can offer resources and strategies for all abilities. Particularly for GCSE and AsLevel, I like to go through past exam questions and papers as I think this is a really good way of consolidating knowledge and getting used to the style of questions. I am easy to talk to and hopefully am able to offer various ways of making the complicated concepts easier to understand.

          Laura Hopley

          I have been a teacher since leaving university in 2002. I am now a head teacher of a school in Telford, one which I built from scratch and lead to its first ‘good’ Ofsted in 2018.

          I am a passionate believer in making learning fun and accessible for every child – if that means turning learning into an art activity or by hunting for phonics sounds outside then that’s what we do! Every child is unique and learns in different ways.

          For me, the best bit about being a teacher is being able to uncover what makes each individual tick to unlock their potential. Being a teacher is a true privilege and working one to one as a tutor is one of my favourite things as it allows me to really engage and motivate a child.

          I’m passionate about 11 Plus tuition and successfully tutored my 2 sons who are both currently at Haberdashers in Newport.

          I have had a wealth of experience tutoring from Reception to year 6 and would love to tutor up to year 7.

            Sarah Jones


            Hello, my name is Sarah Jones and I am thrilled to be joining Shropshire Tutor.

            I have worked in education for 25 years both as a teacher and within the Local Authority as part of the school improvement team.

            Over recent years I have been doing one to one, and small group intervention work, combined with some supply and short term contract work.

            I have taught across all key stages but I particularly enjoy upper key stage two.

            I believe that teaching should be centred around the learning needs of the child and that good conceptual understanding comes from scaffolding learning, allowing the learner to move from what they already know, to what they can know, through well timed and targeted intervention combined with high order, open questioning.

            Learning should be fun, challenging and extremely rewarding.

              Rachel Kaveney


              I am very excited to be joining the team at Shropshire Tutor.

              I have been a teacher for the past 24 years and I have experienced many changes in education.

              I currently work in a primary school in Shrewsbury.  I am passionate about changing the way in which children are able to learn, so that the learning approach consistently matches their needs.

              I work both 1:1 and with groups, as well as delivering lessons to whole classes.

              I believe in child led learning, adaptability and flexibility. I work  to fill gaps in learning, or work on concepts a child finds tricky.

              I believe in following an approach which is tailored to each child I am working with, so that activities excite and enthuse them, enabling them to achieve their potential.

              I have worked throughout the primary age range from Nursery to Year 6. I am known for being creative and inventive with my teaching approach.

              I have a lot of experience  in phonics, reading and also supporting children to achieve their potential in English and Maths in the Year 6 SATs, as well as at the end of Year 2.

              The pathway to achieving this  I believe can be fun, and this is what I strive for.

              A confident, happy child is one who can climb mountains.

              I am a Mum of two children who have both been through the education system, so I also understand what it is like to be on the other side of the fence.

              A confident child is a happy child who will reach their potential and beyond. There are no boundaries.

                Sandra Channer

                SEN Tutor

                Hello my name is Sandra Channer and I am delighted to be joining the team at Shropshire Tutors.

                 I have been a Primary and Special Needs Teacher for quite some time and felt that I was ready for a change. I want to have a more flexible life style and being a Tutor will enable me to do that.

                 I have taught all age groups in a Primary school, tutored for entrance exams and have considerable experience working with children on a one to one basis. Children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and on the Autism Spectrum often find it difficult to learn in the traditional way so they need to learn in a different way. My job is to find what works for them. To help them gain confidence and achieve their goals.

                 Learning is always a challenge but it should also be fun!

                  Louise Auger

                  Hello!  My name is Louise and I am so pleased to be joining the Shropshire Tutor team.

                  I have worked as a Primary School Teacher for the last 10 years. I have experience across both key stages, but my specialty is within lower key stage two, in Years 3 and 4.  I currently work part time as a Year 3 and 4 teacher and I am also Head of Year for this phase.

                  I have decided to work as a Shropshire Tutor because I love working with children on a 1:1 basis; getting to know their personalities and ways of learning and developing great rapports with them.  I wholeheartedly support Adele’s ethos of helping children reach their potential through fun, engaging, positive teaching and learning, and I always strive to achieve this.

                  When I am not teaching I am kept very busy spending my days with my two boys; my four year old and my six month old, exploring the world together and having fun!

                    Amy Dodd

                    My name is Amy and I am currently the Head of Geography in a Further Education establishment. Prior to becoming a teacher in FE, I was the Head of Geography at two secondary academies. My passion for geography stems from my love of being outdoors and as a result, I try to refer to the outside world in every topic I deliver. After all, geography is about making sense of our world by picking apart the scientific theory! It is through this application that we can really begin to understand the big questions we often ask of our planet.

                    I am experienced in teaching Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 Geography. My specialities lie in exam technique, tackling concept misconception and the A Level Non-Examined Assessment. My aim is to break things down in order to understand it fully, before putting the pieces together to make sense of what is being learnt. I have also recently started to complete virtual field trips in order to help my tutees understand lessons from another angle. I believe we are all capable of learning, just in different ways. I make sure to approach content from all angles to help embed the knowledge needed for success.

                    I pride myself on being a determined and passionate teacher who believes in encouraging students to become confident in their ability to learn. I aim to inspire others to take ownership of their learning in order to create a thirst for knowledge. I have the ability to build strong learning relationships that promote positive behaviour, whilst having a determined focus on creating progress and understanding throughout the learning journey.

                    I enjoy inspiring both children and adults through education. Experienced in leading a team and working as part of a team, I am always clear on the direction needed for each individual and use my tenacity to drive progress in every person I teach. When I am not teaching geography, I am teaching exercise classes. I aim to be active and to inspire others to do so too! I have a passion for being outdoors and will often go hiking or cycling.

                      Tony Stevens


                      I’m Tony and I’ve been tutoring for 3 years now, much of it focusing on the 11+ and entrance exams for selective schools in Newport and Stafford. Before that I was a Primary School teacher in Telford, teaching in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

                      I particularly enjoy tutoring 1:1 as I find it enables me to really help students gain a thorough understanding of the work, to progress at their own pace and to develop their confidence.

                      I have also worked as a professional actor and singer, and before that, as a Social Worker with children and young people in both London and Telford.

                      I now live with my wife and our little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

                        Colette McKevitt


                        My name is Colette and I am looking forward to working for Shropshire Tutors. I am an English secondary school teacher and I have worked at two Telford secondary schools, teaching students of all abilities.

                        My favourite part of teaching English is poetry as I find it amazing how much information you can get out of a few lines.

                         I am a very easy going, patient and calm individual and I love meeting new people.

                        I love dogs and have two of my own, Buzz and Bobby and we have lots of fun together.

                        I also adore crafting and when I am not planning lessons I am usually painting, drawing or making cards.

                          Jennifer Higson

                          I am a Maths tutor and teacher with 12 years of experience delivering Maths lessons to various levels and abilities of learners.

                          I try to simplify Maths concepts as well as coaching students to think critically to solve problems.

                          I believe in giving lots of praise and assurance to boost students’ self-confidence and self-esteem.

                          Because of my love of Maths, I enthusiastically encourage questions and discussions during sessions, which have developed from the learning activities I have created.

                          As a Mom of 3, I am very passionate about giving students the best education and have patience with varying age ranges.

                          DBS Enhanced

                          All our tutors are enhanced DBS checked (formally known as CRB) The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

                          It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

                          All our tutors go through a DBS check as part of our recruitment process and then every 3 years thereafter.