Louise Dawson is in her 8th years in Dubai. Now at GEMS Jumeirah College she has previously worked at GEMS Wellington International for 3 years and spent 4 years at Kings ’ School Al Barsha. Working her way from Secondary teacher, through Secondary SENCo, and finally as Head of Inclusion 3-18 has given Louise a wealth of knowledge and experience that she enjoys sharing. Joining Kings’ School Al Barsha as a new school meant that she has been privileged to set up a department from the beginning; introducing and embedding Policy and Procedure to ensure the accurate identification of students who need support, introducing appropriate intervention, exam access arrangements and the leadership of a team of 35 Specialists in Dyslexia, Autism, Behaviour and Speech & Language; as well as specialist Teachers and Support Assistants.
Prior to Dubai, Louise spent six years in the UK teaching in a mainstream and a Special School in England. Prior to living in the UK, Louise spent eight years in Hong Kong.
After 20 years’ in Business, Louise retrained to be a teacher as a mum of three, in her mid-thirties. Her interest in learning support started after her child was identified. Dissatisfied with the support, she became informed and subsequently retrained. After studying a degree in Education and Needs and becoming a qualified teacher, she completed her UK National Accreditation of Special Education Need Co-ordination. Louise has experienced the highs and lows of parenting children with need through University, as well as the highs and lows of teaching students and supporting parents.