Areyauna joined the founding senior team at Dixons McMillan Academy in 2015. Having worked at the academy as it has grown year-on-year, she has worked in many areas of the school helping to secure an ‘Outstanding’ grade in all areas (including the DMA Sixth Form which was a remarkable achievement having only been open for 9 months). Areyauna has also supported the Dixons Academies Trust by working on the initial bid for Dixons Sixth Form Academy and contributes to coaching other leaders. Currently, Areyauna oversees the Quality of Education with responsibility for Curriculum, Data and Literacy and strategic oversight of Teaching. Additionally, she is also a proud teacher of English.
Prior to working at Dixons, Areyauna worked in Luton and London schools before becoming a senior leader across two special schools designated for children diagnosed with ASD and SEMH. Simultaneously she also undertook a part-time Masters Degree at the University of Cambridge. Her research is focused on managing low-level behaviours through the use of non-verbal cues. This important work helped to raise standards across the schools and secure rapid improvements in both behaviour and teaching. As a result both schools came into the top 10 nationally for most progress made from starting points.
Being from Toronto, Areyauna studied her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where she gained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Art and Art History, English and a minor in Professional Writing and Communications. Following her undergraduate studies, she attended the University of Western Ontario to complete a Bachelor of Education, specialising in teaching secondary Art and English.
When not educating others or herself, Areyauna enjoys spending time with her children, travelling and walking her dogs. Additionally she enjoys contributing to staff development by delivering leadership training courses for TeachFirst, NPQSL and Ambition School Leadership.