I joined Guide Dogs’ Specialist Education Support Team in 2014. My role is to provide independent information, advice and guidance to families and young people affected by vision impairment, helping them navigate the education system successfully.
What I enjoy most is finding creative ways to solve problems and offering practical support to families and young people so that together, we can achieve their goals .
I started as a primary school teacher before becoming a Qualified Teacher of children with a Vision Impairment (QTVI). I taught children with a range of vision impairments across all ages and key stages and worked in a variety of settings alongside other professionals. It was during this time that I developed an interest in strabismus (squint) and more complex conditions such as Cerebral Vision Impairment (CVI).
Outside of work I’m a mum and a keen runner but I should also mention that I’m particularly good at eating biscuits and drinking lots of coffee, too!
I have been with the Specialist Education Support Team for almost seven years and couldn’t think of a better job. What makes my role so rewarding is the privilege of supporting so many diverse and fantastic families and seeing them become the amazing people they deserve to be!
I am both a qualified teacher and a Qualified Teacher of children with a Vision Impairment (QTVI). I have a particular interest and expertise in post-16 education options and the shift our young people make towards a rewarding and more independent life.
I enjoy all things sports-related and the occasional quiz and would one day love to master the Spanish language.
Samantha (known as Sam) Campion
I joined Guide Dogs’ Specialist Education Support team in March 2019 and love the varied nature of the job:
- Helping to review Education, Health and Care Plans.
- Offering advice around the move into school.
- Liaising with local authority teams around the country to get the best possible outcome for your child.
My career began as a classroom teacher in mainstream primary schools before completing my Qualified Teacher of children with a Vision Impairment (QTVI) training. I worked with my local authority for 12 years, supporting children with vision impairment in the home, at nursery and in both mainstream and special schools.
I have particular interests in early years development and cerebral vision impairment (CVI).
I have two grown-up daughters and enjoy cooking and holidays. I also have a passion for children’s books and would love to write my own one day…
My time is split between working as part of Guide Dogs’ Specialist Education Support team and as a Qualified Teacher of children with a Vision Impairment (QTVI) for my local authority.
The roles complement each other but they’re also very different. Working for Guide Dogs allows me to support families from around the country on a one-to-one level, to understand what they feel is important for them. It means I get to do what I love most – making a difference to families with children who have a vision impairment.
Originally, I trained as an Information and Communications Technology Teacher in secondary schools before becoming a QTVI. I have supported children with vision impairment in primary, secondary and post-16 settings. I also headed up a mainstream school’s additional resource centre that specialised in supporting students with a vision impairment.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping fit and reading.
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