My name is Elizabeth Kwarteng-Amaning, and this is my story:
Growing up from the age of 9, I couldn’t read or write until the age of 15 years old. Primary school was such a struggle, I was always bullied and the other children would ask why I couldn’t read or write.
At secondary school, I was still struggling with Numeracy and Literacy so I became very disruptive in the class and I was always getting in trouble with the teachers. As a result I ended up in the bottom set of the class and achieved very little GCSE marks.
I left school at 16 and had no intention of ever going back to full time education. However, I started college because all my friends were going and it seemed normal to enroll. I wanted to be accepted within my peers.
After a year on the Hotel Management course at Carshalton College (1987), I couldn’t complete the course because I felt as if something as wrong, however, I didn’t know what it was at the time as i was yet to be diagnosed. I ended up leaving College in 1988.
I worked as a receptionist for Yorkshire TV but was too scared to ask for promotion because I felt I could not read, write or spell adequately. I had no support in the work place and as I was very ashamed to mention that I had these difficulties to any employer. I kept it all to myself and suffered in silence.
As a result, I would struggle in the work place and leave the Job, so I have hopped from one Job to another.
In 2001, I was brave enough to enroll to university even though I had no idea how I was going to embark on this journey. I knew essay writing and reading lots of books would be a struggle but nothing was going to stop me. I had two children at the time and I wanted to change my life around for them.
It was in my second year at South Bank University, that my Dyslexia was diagnosed. I was studying combined honours Human Resource Management/sociology. (As a dyslexic why did I choose to study within the business area when I could have chosen something more creative?)
I was referred to go for Dyslexia assessment at The Independent Dyslexia Consultants (Formerly known as Adult Skills and Development Centre) David Mcloughlin (Chartered Psychologist) based Holborn London. It was at this point that I was told I had Dyslexia/Dyspraxia. I was in total shock and still wondered what this condition was, I was ashamed to tell any of my employers as I felt there’s a stigma attached to having this specific learning difficulties. I really struggled at university but I was not going to give up as I was very determined. Dyslexia was not going to stop me to reach my full potential.
I graduated from South Bank University with 2.2 classification with the support of the study skills team and 1 to 1 tuition.
I decided to go and study for a post-16 PGCE teaching certificate at Greenwich University Oct 2014, I had my one to one tutor (Tracey Partridge) also Senior Lecturer at Greenwich University Post 16 Education. She really believed in me and encouraged me to reach my full potential. I was teaching subject specialism in TV and Film Media makeup,(something creative) to VTCT Level 3 students. I graduated July 2015 with a Pass from Greenwich University.
I had finally found my passion and was free to teach what I really enjoyed, However I felt I needed to help other Dyslexics that may be struggling within the education and self employment system or within the work place.
At the moment my aim is to teach and support Dyslexics who are struggling within the education and also within the work place, so I have decided to go back to Education to study for Post Graduate in Adult Dyslexia teaching and also to support Dyslexic students (2017).
Never give up on your dreams and never give up on education as there is so much help and organisations that can help you overcome specific learning difficulties.
We are here to help you over come Dyslexia and reach your full potential.
Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning)
BA Hons Human Resource Management/Sociology
PTLLS-Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector
NVQ Level 3 A1 Assessor
ABC Award Level 3 Dip Fashion Styling
ABC Award Level 3 Dip Image Styling for Performance
ABC Award Level 3 Creative Hair Styling
VTCT Level 3 Dip H&S Security & Employment Standards
VTCT Level 2 cert in Fashion Photographic Make Up