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

Tutor

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.

    Gemma Harrop

    Tutor

    My name is Gemma and I am really excited to be joining the Shropshire Tutor team.

    I have worked as a Primary School Teacher for 6 years now. I have experience across the whole Primary age range, however, my expertise lies in Key stage 2 having primarily taught in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6. Currently, I work part time as a Year 6 teacher which has given me an excellent working knowledge of the new end of Key Stage 2 assessment arrangements.

    I have chosen to join Adele’s because I truly support her ethos of working to boost children’s confidence and inspiring them to become masters of their own learning. I feel privileged to be able to work 1:1 with children: developing relationships, improving knowledge and confidence and having fun.  I tailor my tutoring sessions to deliver a personalised learning programme and use feedback from my observations, the child and their carers to move future learning forward.

    When I am not helping others learn I spend my days with my one year old daughter helping her on her own learning journey! I also love getting outdoors with my two rescue dogs, Donny and Boycie!

      Sandra Guest

      Tutor

      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

        Tutor

        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

              Tutor

              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.

                Sandy Sherwood

                My name is Sandy Sherwood.

                I’m 69 years old. I’ve been teaching since 1972 and I cover the whole school range.

                I have taught from age 3 to 23!!!

                However it is mainly on the primary age range.

                At the moment I’m working with LAC students and also students referred by CAMHS. I work in school and at home.

                During my teaching career I have had varying responsibilities and have completed a BA  in Social Sciences, an MA in Education and also have experience in counselling and educational Psychology.

                As part of my teaching role I coveted all subjects as we’re related to my particular age range and was in on the ground floor when SATS were introduced.

                Tutoring wise my main subjects are Maths and English although I cover most subjects except Spanish. I also cover Science up to and including GCSE and have tutored Maths to A level.

                My philosophy is that tutoring should help enable  a young person to achieve their full potential both  academically and with self confidence ensuring that it raises their self worth and self esteem.

                  Rachel Kaveney

                  Tutor

                  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!

                      Amanda Shannon

                      Tutor

                      Hi, my name is Mandy.

                      I am delighted to be joining the Shropshire Tutor scheme.

                      I have been a teacher for 27 years and have been lucky to work at lots of amazing schools all over the country.

                      I have been at my current school for the last 10 years and love helping the children in my class to be the best they can be every day.

                      I have worked across the whole of the primary range from Nursery to Y6 and I especially love working with Early Years and KS1.

                      I have lots experience helping children learn to read and a very thorough knowledge of phonics and core maths.

                      I have also worked as a tutor supporting children with Y6 SATs in English and Maths, 11+ exams and STEM activities for enriching learning.

                      I really enjoy helping children to develop their confidence and enthusiasm for learning and to understand that there are many different ways to learn.

                      I always try to find ways to help children enjoy learning and to keep on going even if they make a few marvellous mistakes along the way.

                      When I’m not teaching, I love singing, reading and swimming but not all at the same time!

                      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.