Inclusion Specialist Teacher
“Inclusion is intentional. It is about identifying and removing barriers so that everyone can participate to the best of their ability.”
My name is Amy Harrison. I am excited to be starting my fifth year at GEMS Metropole School. I qualified with a Bachelor of Education degree (Intermediate Phase, majoring in English and Learning Support) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2012. I have always had a passion for working with children, especially children who needed that extra bit of support. Before joining the Metropole family, I had the privilege of working at a special needs school in Johannesburg. During the five years I worked there I had pleasure of working with a variation of learning styles, and large variety of learning needs, ranging from students on the spectrum, down syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia global, and speech delays. The large majority of my class was non-verbal, so I have experience in working AAC devices, Sign Language and experience with TEEACH approach (task-based education) and I have been lucky enough to attend a multitude of different courses to further my development and help me best support and understand the students in which I work with. Since joining the GEMS Metropole, I have worked in the Inclusion Department where I have supported students in Keystage 1 and Keystage 2, and this year I will be moving to Keystage 3.
My mission as an educator is to promote inclusion, differentiation and positive learning; to spark learner enthusiasm for learning and to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
“Inclusion requires the teacher to believe that all students have something important to offer in classroom and that we really are better off learning together” – Beth Foraker