I am a female, neurodiverse early career teacher of science. I have a diagnosis of dyslexia, autism, and visual stress (a visual processing disorder). Before entering teaching, I was an engineer.
In both professions, I have seen the power of role models and how the lack of relatable inspiration can damage the workforce. Through my work volunteering for the Women’s Engineering Society, I have also seen how a strong community can empower individuals.
I have seen advancement in gender equality in STEM, but I am still not seeing this kind of progress when it comes to neurodiversity.
When I went to school, there were no teachers who were openly neurodiverse. It was perhaps due to this lack of representation that I didn’t even consider teaching or education as a career. Instead I spent eight years in a field that, while I was passionate, didn’t genuinely fit me.
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