Katie Gumbrell

“Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”

Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, 1st June 1997

I love working with people, helping them to develop their talents by challenging them to try something different and supporting them when their goals feel out of reach. I’m not a counsellor or a therapist, just an interventionist: I believe that everyone can change and anyone can feel better.

Although I’m not working in a school right now, I’m a primary school teacher through and through. Children are amazing and we should encourage them all. I have a nerdy love of all things education and have no qualms about saying that we do not value our state education system enough in the UK. I know and have worked with some tireless and exceptional teachers (both qualified and not) who have changed lives for the better; this should be celebrated and rewarded.

Sometimes, I work as a PSHE specialist with Jigsaw PSHE and others, supporting schools to provide high-quality personal, social, health and economic education. As part of this, I am a Connecting Classrooms Coordinator for three projects with the British Council, involving schools in the UK, Nepal, Egypt and Lebanon.

At other times, I’m a a personal trainer and specialist Coach in Running Fitness. I have started and grown the Tilehurst Runs Together community, coaching group sessions and individuals with a huge range of goals and experiences with running. I also volunteer for Reading Roadrunners.

When I’m not working or running around my local paths and trails, I’m a terrible gardener, enthusiastic baker and lover of pubs.

MA (Education; Southampton)
PGCE (with QTS; Reading)
BSc (Hons; Liverpool)
UK Athletics Coach in Running Fitness (licence number 2835827)
AIQ Level 3: Diploma in Personal Training; Outdoor Fitness
AIQ Level 2: Gym Instructor; Circuit Training; Suspension Training
CIMSPA membership number 374606

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