University College Birmingham Valentina
Academic Support Worker
BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, MA Teaching and Learning in progress
0121 604 1000
I began my career as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher in Romania, after completing my first degree in Philology in 2002 from the University Al.I.Cuza. I obtained my permanent certificate as a qualified teacher in 2005 and taught Grammar and Literature to both secondary and college students (11-18 age range).
In 2006, I aimed to expand my horizons and chose to study Psychology and Sociology at University Spiru Haret in Bucharest and became a graduate in 2009. Starting with 2010 in parallel with my teaching, I’ve carried out ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) as a private tutor for autistic children with great outcomes for both verbal and non-verbal children. My continual professional development was a priority to me and I invested a lot of time in researching modern strategies to best support SEN children’s learning and wellbeing both in school and within the community, supporting families.
My special interest was to discover the multiple ways in which communication and behaviour underpin learning, that being the reason I took part in many national and international congresses on these topics.
I started my journey at UCB as a student in September 2012 because I am passionate about education and following my intrinsic calling for building up a career in SEN education in Britain. I proudly graduated in 2015 with First Class Honours and started a Masters in Education whilst performing different tasks in Admissions and Finance as a student intern. Whilst striving for excellence, I had the chance to use and develop my native skills within the French Postgraduate project and came into contact with lots of people that contributed to my future development as a professional.
I balanced my studies with working in different educational settings, mainly with KS1 and KS2, teaching English and maths to EAL and SEN children. I accumulated a broad experience by getting into contact with the voluntary sector as well. I started my collaboration with Resources for Autism in 2012 working in different after school clubs, and during evenings and weekends providing support for people under the spectrum and their siblings; which I found extremely rewarding.