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Lexie is the Principal of Gracehill Primary School which is
located in the historic village of Gracehill. He has been a principal there for almost 21 years.
His teaching career began some 36 years ago in
Limavady and since then he has worked in a number of schools from Newtownabbey, Ballymoney to Ballymena.
Lexie is the
father to three grownup children with whom he enjoyed many happy hours sharing
all sorts of reading materials when they were growing up. He is convinced that reading is an absolutely
core skill and was delighted to be asked to endorse early reading through
He believe that parents have
a tremendous privilege in being the first educators of their children. With this comes a huge responsibility and he hopes that this scheme provides both information and resources which will help
make reading enjoyable for both parents and children.
Alice is an inspiring
keynote speaker, seminar and workshop leader, who travels the Globe sharing her
vision for our children’s future. She loves to provoke thinking and challenge
practice to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be involved in the
highest quality of playfulness.
A qualified Primary
Teacher Alice is passionate about children’s
wellbeing and learning potential, especially through equal access to the same
high quality opportunities for learning. Alice
has long since recognised the need to involve parents fully in understanding
the importance of their child’s early learning and experiences.
currently works with many education authorities, early years’ centres,
universities and governments addressing imminent changes towards experiential
learning throughout nursery and primary schools. She is the author of various
books and DVD’s and continues to write for various publications.
Alice is Managing
Director of Experiential Play, a training company who specialise in working
with staff, parents and local authorities concerned with the provision of play
and stimulation for children aged birth to eight. The company has a team of
staff who pride themselves on the passion and innovation of working in this
area of expertise. She also owns Wonderbox, an educational resource company
whose resources are based on ideas she has tried and tested and are now sold
across the globe.
worked in Children’s Services in public libraries for over 11 years and since the
formation of Libraries NI in 2009 works in
a team which supports and oversees children’s services across the 96 libraries in Northern Ireland. She has developed and delivered a variety of tailor
made programmes aimed at supporting parents in the important role they play in
their child’s early development working in some of the most deprived areas
throughout Northern Ireland. Eileen
is a Carnegie Library Lab partner, her project called Rub-a-Dub-Hub will use
technology to engage with parents and carers of pre-school children.