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.

    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!

                Karen Rankin-McCabe

                Learning is a ‘golden key’ to life opportunities and because you are reading this there is a high chance you already agree.  It is a marathon and not a sprint.

                All children deserve the chance to become successful independent learners. I believe that this is achieved through high quality teaching, motivational and engaging activities combined with timely and effective feedback.

                My philosophy is grounded in coaching to the individual needs of the child whilst working towards attainable and achievable goals.

                My previous roles in education include that of class teacher, English co-ordinator and Deputy Headteacher. I have taught successfully and extensively across both KS1 and KS2.

                Both of my daughters share my passion for education and are currently studying English at university. Besides spending time with them, I also enjoy renovation, reading, hiking and experimenting with new food recipes.

                The Shropshire Tutor ethos- ‘support, inspire and educate’- helps to create outward looking, confident young people who are optimistic about their futures.

                  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.

                        Helen Felstead

                        Hello my name is Helen and I am a Secondary School Science Teacher, currently working in Telford and Wrekin.  I have been teaching for 18 years in schools in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

                        Throughout my career I have worked in 11-16 schools, teaching all Sciences to GCSE level, across all abilities.

                        My tutoring philosophy is student-led, I plan sessions focussed on the needs of the individual student and what they want to cover in sessions, whilst keeping an overview of the GCSE curriculum to ensure that all aspects are addressed.

                        I am highly adaptable and will change a session if I feel it is not appropriate, and with my wealth of experience am able to find a range of ways to explain concepts to students.

                        The beauty of 1:1 work is developing positive relationships with the young people I work with and I get a great deal of satisfaction from watching them flourish and gain confidence.

                        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.