More than 0 years of teaching experiences
Over 0 years with Monster Phonics
I had an ambition to create an even playing field for all children to succeed. The motivation for this came from my childhood. At a young age I experienced a shift in circumstances at home, going from a life of plenty to struggle. Feeling hungry was not uncommon. I worked hard to succeed and knew the journey would be harder for some of my family who were dyslexic. I could see how easy it would be to fall behind. This sparked a life-long ambition to improve the life chances. Like most teachers, it is what makes me truly happy.
The idea for colour coding started from conversations with my mother, who was Austrian, and her German speaking friends. They talked about the idiosyncrasies of the English language and why so many ways of spelling the same sound made it complicated. I thought about how I used colour in maths to help me learn and how this could be used in language.
I later went to work in research, then in teaching and eventually got to build and test out this idea. I have been blessed by the enthusiasm of the people around me who helped bring this system to life.
Seeing the improvement in results, confidence and enjoyment in learning in schools is a dream come true. We can teach the way children learn. Becoming validated by the DfE was an important milestone. Now we are on a mission to change the world!
I was very fortunate for my two daughters to have been taught Phonics by Ingrid, using Monster Phonics. The change in their pace of learning, their love of reading and most importantly, their confidence was transformational. I had spent 3 years witnessing first-hand as a parent, the complete boredom created by the phonics scheme the school used prior to Ingrid implementing Monster Phonics.
I could see the potential of Monster Phonics. I wanted other Parents to be able to see their children benefit in the same way mine had. It was therefore a very easy decision for me to invest and spend time in the business.
Building a business where everyone shares a passion for helping children, and for making learning fun, is an amazing thing to be involved with. It’s meaningful in so many ways. For the first time in my professional career, I feel proud of what I do.
Everyone involved in this business is involved for very personal reasons. We’re all privileged to be able to help Monster Phonics grow. My role is to ensure Monster Phonics remains focused on communicating the importance of making learning fun, placing children’s needs at the heart of what we do, and helping all children realise a higher sense of achievement, by getting as many schools, parents and children to enjoy using Monster Phonics as possible.
Hello everyone, I am Lesley Denby and currently work as an EYFS teacher in an ‘outstanding’ school in Staffordshire. I have had a variety of leadership roles in schools and have experience of teaching from Nursery to year 6. My subject specialism is Early Years and I am passionate about making learning active, engaging and fun for children and staff.
I first came across Monster Phonics when I was looking for a new phonics scheme for my current school and we started using Monster Phonics in September 2019. It’s been amazing to see children and staff alike embrace the scheme so positively and the results have been fantastic. The multi-sensory approach has engaged everyone and the monsters have given children new and imaginative context to their learning. Monster Phonics has been so successful in our school that I am now rolling the scheme out across the other schools in our academy.
After seeing first-hand the excellent results Monster Phonics can bring, I am really excited to now be a Monster Phonics trainer and look forward to supporting your school to embed the Monster Phonics programme.
Outside of school, I like spending time with my family and there is nothing I like better than long country walks with my Golden Retriever Lola.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Hi, my name is Toni and I joined the Monster Phonic team part time 2 years ago as a trainer for the South East. I have recently joined the Monster Phonics team full time as Schools Success Consultant. I am really excited to be part of Monster Phonics and looking forward to coming out to schools to train teachers, TA’s and support staff in the benefits and wonders of monster phonics. I trained as a primary school teacher and have taught for the past 20 years. My specialism is in Early years but I also have experience of teaching all year groups from year R to year 6. I was also a middle leader and nqt mentor in the village school that I worked in, my subject leads have included literacy co-ordinator, phonics lead and also reading and volunteer readers co-ordinator. I started using Monster Phonics in the school I was working in 4 years ago and it was amazing to see the children so excited about phonics, as well as the fantastic progress in our phonics results!!!
Outside of school, I am a married mum, with 2 teenage boys, have a 9-year-old sprocker dog and a campervan that we love to go off on adventures in. I love being creative, whether this is through baking, sewing, drawing or gardening I love them all. I look forward to meeting you at a training session and supporting your school very soon.
I am proud to be a lifelong learner and have a huge amount of enthusiasm for learning. Currently, I am reading for a BSc Hons degree in Psychology. I hold a Forest School Practitioner qualification which not only was a joy to do but has many transferable skills which include Risk/Benefit analysis, being compassionate about other people’s perspectives, connecting with other people, and embodying the knowledge that learning should always be fun if it is to have maximum impact.
I have worked as a teaching assistant for six years and then as a teacher for the past three years. Monster phonics was introduced to me three years ago and I have had the pleasure of using it as a Key Stage 2 teacher to help SEN children find a love of reading and writing.
My passion for languages does not stop at English. Five years ago, I began learning Italian and once I have completed my degree, I will begin learning Spanish. I also love sailing, walking, music and self-improvement. Oh, and did I mention I passed my motorbike test last year? That was definitely fun learning!
I know Miss Oh No! is a popular monster, but my favourite monsters are the Black Cats with their simple elegance and grace.
Financial and Customer Services Manager
Hi Everybody :)
I am Sara and I am the finance and customer service manager at monster phonics. I have a background in Economics and International Business in Madrid.
I joined this fantastic team in May 2020, I am amazed at the excitement and enthusiasm of children learning phonics. I did not know how important phonics is in children’s life. I did not get into reading until I was 14, and since then, I have found another world, I enjoyed reading so much now.
I love all the monsters; however, my favourite monsters are cool blue and Miss Oh No because he is a DJ and she loves dancing like me.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on [email protected]; I will be happy to help you in your Monster Phonics Journey😊
Hello! My name is Brahim Arrab. I am native to North Africa, the lovely Morocco! I was born and raised in the Atlas Mountains, but graduated from Marrakech University, majoring in Sociology and Psychology. I am a former hotel manager, with 6 years experience in tourism
In 2013, I met my lovely wife and soon settled in the UK in 2016. I am now a father to two bright boys and there is nothing I love more than spending quality time with my family, whether that’s cycling through forests or playing football in the garden.
I have been working for Monster Phonics since January 2022 as a Distribution leader, and it’s been an exciting journey so far! The team is fantastic with kind and friendly staff. The books that we sell are a real hit with my own children and my eldest has aced his Phonics with the aid of the characters from the books. Thank you Monster Phonics!
I started to illustrate Monster Phonics books in 2019 just after I'd completed a course in commercial and children's illustration in Odessa, Ukraine. I was keen to try my new skills in practice. The Monsters captivated me and became my favorite project! Each story is sweet and funny, it takes me back to my childhood, it fills me with warmth and a sense of security. Our country has been going through difficult times since 2014, there is a war and bad news. Monster Phonics has become a lifeline for me, my psychological support. I am very grateful to everyone who created this.