My name is Valérie Steunou and I am the Special Needs Coordinator for our school. I also teach French to all KS2 children. I have been working as a teacher at Park Grove for more than 10 years now.
I am French, born and bred, hence the strangely spelt name and peculiar accent. Although I am very fond of my home country and especially of my region Brittany (hence the even stranger surname), I have lived in an English speaking country most of my adult life – a fact that my family never tires of reminding me of! I started my teaching career at Exeter University before moving to Ireland to teach at Dublin University College. I loved teaching at university level, but when my 3 sons started school, I realised that I wanted to help younger children fulfil their potential. I have been lucky enough to teach in every year group from Year 1 to year 5. As a mother of children with SEND, I understand only too well how difficult it is for families to support a child for whom school and learning are daily challenges. I will do my absolute best to offer help, support and advice to our children with SEND so that they too can achieve their aspirations, working closely with a dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants with Miss Sawyer’s unwavering support.
As far as I can remember, I have always loved books and can often be heard bemoaning the lack of spare time, quiet spaces, adequate reading glasses etc… preventing me from retreating to a quiet corner for a day to read. When not failing to read, I love spending the spare time I don’t have in the kitchen cooking and baking. As a family, we also go home regularly to allow me to practise my French.
Should you have any question about SEND or my role in school, the Pupil Support Office where I am now based is halfway down the stairs by Class 5. My team and I will do our very best to support you, your child and your family.