Hi, I'm Iliana. I am a First-Class Honours graduate from the University of Leeds with a passion for English, music and languages. I am looking to pursue a lifelong career in education and childcare, and I wish to dedicate myself to working for equal education for all. I would be very excited to share my love for literature and language with children from all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
I currently work as a teacher at a charity-run school based in Tower Hamlets, which provides education for children who are unable to access mainstream schooling, for reasons such as mental illness or special educational needs. Here, I teach the KS3 and GCSE English national curriculum to children with a range of levels of need, and have particular experience in working with children with autism and severe anxiety.
In addition to this, I also have previous experience of teaching and tutoring a variety of subjects to all ages across the globe. During my year abroad in Moscow, I taught English as a foreign language privately to Russian children aged 3 to 11. I have also participated in the 'Generation UK-India' Project, working as a public speaking and theater teacher at a secondary school in India, and even organised a production of 'Annie!' the musical!
In my spare time I like to play violin and piano. I have also worked as a piano teacher, and loved arranging concerts and recitals for my pupils (and providing baked goods for afterwards - my speciality is gooey chocolate caramel brownies!)
I strongly believe in the power of positive reinforcement, and I aim for my sessions to be as reassuring and encouraging as possible.
I ensure that my lessons are highly engaging, and take an active learning approach by preparing a variety of activities which help students to apply their knowledge and develop their communication and comprehension skills. I am also flexible, and make sure that each session is adapted to meet each individual student's needs.
I understand that school can be a daunting time for a lot of young learners. Therefore, I aim to provide stress-free sessions which equip each pupil with the confidence they need to feel motivated to reach their full potential.