King Henry VIII Comprehensive School (Wales)
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (now known as Cardiff Metropolitan University)
University of Manchester
A-Levels at King Henry VIII Comprehensive School (Wales)
BSc Psychology (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, now known as Cardiff Metropolitan University)
MEd Psychology of Education and DEd Educational and Child Psychology (University of Manchester)
– McDonald’s (staff)
– Strada Restaurant (waiting staff)
– King Henry VIII Comprehensive School (psychology teacher)
– King David Primary School (SEND staff)
– One Education (Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist)
– University of Manchester (Academic and Professional Tutor/ Lecturer)
Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist
Academic and Professional Tutor/ Lecturer
Just trying to do my part to make the world a better place.
I’m originally from the Philippines, but I’ve lived in the USA before moving to the UK. I currently live and work in Manchester. Running, playing basketball, playing guitar, and reading are my hobbies.
As an educational psychologist, I work with specialist and mainstream primary and secondary schools, colleges, our local authority and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to help provide the best support for children and young people with special educational needs and/ or disability (SEND).
I also work at the University of Manchester as an Academic and Professional Tutor/ Lecturer for the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme.
My Typical Day:
Weekdays: run, workout, work, read, eat, chill, then sleep. Weekends – play basketball (prior to the lockdown, of course!), run, rest.
There isn’t a typical day for us educational psychologists. But here’s mine:
I wake up at 4.30am to run and then work out. I then shower (of course!), get dressed for work, have my breakfast, brush my teeth and then go to work. Before the lockdown, I go to at least three schools a day to assess children, speak to staff and parents to collaboratively agree goals and interventions for pupils with SEND. Then, I write reports. Sometimes, I do my own research either on my own or with other people.
After work, I take a nap for an hour. This recharges my batteries! I then make dinner, eat, read or watch TV/ Netflix, then sleep.
During the weekends, I play basketball (prior to the lockdown, of course), run some more, and rest.
What I'd do with the prize money:
Re-invest it by giving it to schools or charity or the University of Manchester’s Girls into STEM initiative.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Psychologist; trainee human
What did you want to be after you left school?
A professional basketball player (but I'm too short!)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes. Teachers called me 'outstanding' because I used to always stand outside the classroom (for messing around)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Four cheese pasta
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) For universities to be free for everyone 2) Gender- and racial equality 3) For people's awareness and acceptance of mental health conditions to improve
Tell us a joke.
I will when I speak with you!