Meet the Team

Abi Joachim

Suffolk TA Network Coordinator
I have worked as a TA and later English specialist HLTA since graduating in 2001. I have a degree in psychology and an MA in education with a focus on SEND. I specialise in literacy support, particularly phonics and dyslexia. As well as working as the Suffolk TA Network Coordinator, I work closely with Unity and Ipswich Associate Research Schools as an Evidence Lead in Education (ELE). In my spare time, I enjoy reading and belong to a local reading group. I also like board games, pub quizzes, cooking and spending time with my family and our dog Milo.

Julie Clegg

Assistant Coordinator
I have a background in sales and marketing and have worked as a TA since 2013 at Morland Primary School. I am a Mental Health Champion, specialise in teaching phonics and have a passion for adapting and delivering lessons to children with Thrive needs. In my spare time, I am part of a volunteer group for the 'Friends of Holywells Park' to increase local knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the park through events such as 'apple day'. I also love gardening at home and have initiated our school to become an Eco-School through the RHS School Gardening scheme to improve the children's mental health and physical wellbeing. Lastly, I love reading historical books, walking and spending time with my family including my pet Lionhead Lop rabbit called Cookie.

Carolyn Love

Assistant Coordinator
I have worked within early years and schools in Suffolk for the last 21 years. I have experience with a wide range of settings with children aged from two to eleven. My more recent experience is within junior schools and working as a Remote Learning Support Assistant (RLSA) during lockdown. I really enjoy supporting children to access their education and playing a small part in their welfare. I am looking forward to connecting with other teaching assistants and promoting and sharing ideas. In my home life, I enjoy reading, craft, spending time with my family and volunteering in our local community and church.

Emma Pearce

Network Champion for South Suffolk
My academic background is in nutritional health and demography. After graduating I worked as an English teacher in Japan and as a childminder. I have been a TA since 2016 and recently qualified as a HLTA in August 2021. I specialise in supporting dyslexic learners and I am an active committee member of the Suffolk Dyslexia Association. I love supporting children who are struggling to find their superpowers! Outside of school, I enjoy walking and exploring our local area with my family and dog Poppy, cooking, and catching up with friends.

Justine Jacobs

Network Champion for West Suffolk
I started working as a Teaching Assistant in 2005. This was from Year 9 to Year 11. In November 2015, I did my HLTA training and had my own Literacy and numeracy classes for Years 10 and 11. I am also an Irlen screener and have been screening students for 10 years. I am now the SENDCo Assistant working closely with the SENDCo at my school. I assess students, gaining an understanding of their needs and getting them ready for their GCSEs. I deliver the Prince’s Trust award to small groups of Year 10 and 11 students and support Y11 transition to college. I trained as an ELSA and work with individual students and some small groups as well. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, knitting, baking and walking my dog called Harley.


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