Ms Mari Jo Valentine

About

I began my working life as a disillusioned art school graduate and entered teaching as a stepping stone to art therapy. However, I realised that I had found my passion and vocation in education, and following this path has led me to my current role of Director of Teacher Education. 

I originally joined Kingston in 2011 as a member of the Primary Mathematics team; my mission was, and still is, to develop students' mathematical confidence and creativity, exploring personal and teacher identity within this subject. I work with both BA and PG students, in particular at Level 6 and Level 7 in the PG programme.

I am committed to ensuring a high quality student experience and educating the teachers of the future. My particular area of interest is Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and I am part of the Inclusion and Social Justice and Teaching and Learning SIG Groups. I work consistently with student groups to ensure that student voice is heard and acted on, with particular focus on Inclusion; supporting students with specific learning needs during placements and have worked with BAME groups to improve curriculum and placement experiences. 

I also work closely with our Partnership Lead and Course Leads across the PGCE and BA courses to strategically develop school placement experiences. I am a regional ITTAG chair which allows me to work at a national and regional level, meeting regularly with the DfE and other ITE providers to work together to ensure the success of the Initial Teacher Education programmes we offer. 

Prior to joining Kingston I worked for over 15 years in one of the largest Primary schools in London where I held roles as English and Maths Subject Lead working with staff from Reception - Year 6 to develop an inclusive and engaging curriculum.

Academic responsibilities

Head of Department of Teacher Education

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • PGCE Primary
  • MA in Education