Based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Hannah originally worked with looked-after children in residential settings before qualifying as a teacher. Now a highly experienced teacher of A-level Psychology, Hannah is passionate about positive psychology, people and education.
Based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Hannah originally worked with looked-after children in residential settings before qualifying as a teacher. Now a highly experienced teacher of A-level Psychology, Hannah is passionate about positive psychology, people and education, believing that bringing these together is vital in educating future generations to ensure their health, happiness and resilience. She has made it her mission to weave the practices of positive psychology into her life over the last 20 years, whether that be professional or personal.
Throughout her career, Hannah has worked with young people from a variety of backgrounds, including NEET, looked-after children, and children who have speech and language difficulties. After the birth of her first child, she took up a teaching and mentoring role and successfully led the Psychology Department at Scarborough Sixth Form for a number of years.
Alongside teaching A Level Psychology, Hannah is also a Teaching and Learning Educational Coach for staff. She is experienced in implementing a whole school positive education approach, leading on staff wellbeing initiatives and positive education training to enhance the mental wellbeing of both staff and students.
Hannah has also developed wellbeing workshops for students, which she runs weekly, as well as student wellbeing ambassador training courses. She is an experienced facilitator and speaker for staff CPD and training. She has direct experience of the stress and challenges of working in educational institutions, which gives her an invaluable insight into the difficulties teachers and students may face, and the need for positive education within schools and other related settings.
Currently, Hannah is studying for a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology, and has a particular interest in positive and strengths-based education.
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PASSIONS AND INTERESTS
Hannah is highly passionate about Positive Psychology and Positive Education. She believes that positive education is vital, and the most important investment that any organisation could make to ensure that the young people are healthy, balanced and happy. She believes that every curriculum should encompass positive education in order to equip the next generation with the right skills for success.
Hannah’s is particularly passionate about using a strengths-based approach to help students make informed choices about their future careers, and the positive impact that developing a language of strengths has on a young person’s confidence and resilience when faced with the stress and challenges of education.
Alongside equipping children and young people with the necessary skills and tools to succeed, Hannah is also passionate about equipping teachers with a tool kit of practical advice and ideas that they can easily adapt and develop, in order to transform the wellbeing of the students and themselves, leading to increased success and achievement and, most importantly, higher levels of wellbeing.
In her spare time, Hannah likes to run, meditate, read journal articles, crochet and loves nature and all things creative. Having grown up on the Yorkshire Coast, she feels extremely lucky to be bringing up her young family by the sea who she loves spending time with. Overall, Hannah is kind, caring, self-motivated, goal-focused and empathetic and enjoys and gets great pleasure in providing support and helping others.
September 10, 2022
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