Moira Andrew has recently taken on the role as Acting Head Teacher working in the Trust’s School service. She is also a Chartered Teacher who is a qualified teacher of the Deaf, a teacher of Primary ASN and Secondary English. She holds a BSL qualification at Level 3.
She has taught deaf children and additional support needs for 28 years, across a range of settings including mainstream schools, support bases and special schools. In addition to teaching, she is experienced in curriculum development and delivering training relating to Deaf Education and Literacy to other professionals.
Kirsty graduated from Moray House (Edinburgh University) in 2000 with a BEd (Primary) and went to work in Edinburgh Council between 2000 and 2005 within the mainstream sector.
In 2005 Kirsty accepted her first post within a primary special needs setting. She gained a post graduate certificate in Autism from Strathclyde University in 2010 before joining the staff here at Donaldson’s within the secondary department working with the pupils with more complex needs.
In 2014 Kirsty took on the post of Principal Teacher and has achieved General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCs) recognition for Leadership.
Moira, first began her career as a Nursery Nurse working within the early years sector in 1978. She then qualified as an Education Instructor working with children with Additional Support Needs.
During her time at college her focus was on children with sensory impairment and autism. After spending a number of years working in Ayrshire with pupils with severe complex learning needs and communication disorders she then returned to college to gain an HND in Special Educational Needs. She researched chromosome disorders with particular interest in Down’s and Fragile X Syndrome as well as looking at respite care within the Ayrshire area.
While working at the Woodstock School in Kilmarnock, Moira helped to embed the Elaborated Curriculum within the school and worked closely with parents helping them to develop working strategies for home life.
Moira began working at Donaldson’s in 2000, working within the early years class/primary 1 before going on to set up Donaldson’s Nursery. Moira managed a very successful nursery until it closed in 2015 gaining excellent grades from HMIE and Care Inspectorte. Moira took up the post of Curriculum Co-ordinator in August 2015 and has now moved on to be one of the School’s Learning Managers.