Jessica Collier

Jessica Collier

Mentor

I’ve worked with children and young people throughout my adult life – from doing outreach in schools throughout my undergraduate degree in physics, then teaching maths at secondary school and University, moving on to training as a secondary school science teacher. In more recent years, I have worked one-to-one with children who cannot be in school for a number of reasons, especially those with PDA, ADHD and/or who are autistic.

I believe fundamentally all children want to be heard and understood, and so I try to listen to what is being said (and not said) carefully, in order to understand how it feels to be them. I strive to be a playful other person, who cares deeply about who a child is, what they’re going through, and their interests.

I was diagnosed with ADHD in 2018 and can now understand more of the reasons I struggled so much at school. I work with children who have so many talents and skills but the classroom is not the right environment for them to survive, let alone thrive. I am delighted to be working with Mindjam to help facilitate an environment where children can truly thrive.

In my spare time, you’ll find me playing board games with my children, tending to our allotment, and I’m just about to start an MA in ‘perinatal, child, adolescent and family work’. I love playing the Lego games (especially couch co op), Minecraft, as well as any kind of RPG or strategy game.

Favourite Games

Fortnite, LEGO games, Minecraft, Mario Kart, Fall Guys, Civilisation 6, any skateboarding game.

Hobbies

Reading, music (listening to and playing piano), knitting and crafting, LEGO, learning languages, board games. I especially enjoy working with mentees who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community; I love learning about their identity and watching them grow as they understand themselves more.

We'd love to hear from you.

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