Laura Foden – Lead Teacher of VI
Laura qualified as a Science Teacher in 2003 with a first class honours degree in Chemistry from the University of Hull. She has always had a keen interest in working with people with disabilities, working for MENCAP, Sense and local charities supporting young people and adults with additional needs. This passion has shaped her teaching career.
Laura undertook a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from the University of Leeds and led a specialist provision for Deaf students in Hull. She was then the math’s lead in a school for students with physical impairment.
In 2009 Laura relocated to Kirklees to work for Kirklees Council as part of the Sensory Service, supporting Deaf and deafblind children and young people. Laura gained further postgraduate teaching qualifications through the University of Birmingham.
She has worked within the Specialist Provision for Visual Impairment at Moor End Academy since 2012. She has been Lead Teacher of the Provision since 2014. Laura’s aim is to promote holistic development and inclusion for all students with visual impairment or blindness across Kirklees. Striving to create confident students who can leave school equipped for life as young adults.
Laura values supporting her local community and giving back through voluntary work. She has volunteered for charities such as Pets as Therapy, Cancer research and KIDS. She was a Games Maker for the London 2012 Olympics.
Outside of school Laura spends time with her young family. When she gets the time she can be found in the gym weightlifting, or at home baking (and eating) cakes!