Areyauna, originally from Toronto, Canada, took up a place to study at the University of Toronto after completing her Ontario Secondary School Diploma, 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.
Areyauna emigrated to the UK in 2009, where she worked in a range of London schools before taking up a post in Luton, where she also completed her Overseas Trained Teacher Programme through Hertfordshire University. Shortly after this, Areyauna reignited her love of learning and whilst working in a special school designated for children diagnosed with ASD and SEMH, she completed 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.
In August 2015, Areyauna joined the senior team at Dixons McMillan supporting with English, Literacy and Inclusion, before being tasked with creating the new DMA Sixth Form Provision. After only 9 months of opening, the Sixth Form achieved ‘Outstanding’ in its first inspection, a remarkable achievement for a relatively new Sixth Form.
Currently, Areyauna is Vice Principal at Dixons McMillan, responsible for the Sixth Form, where she also teaches English Language A Level and the Extended Project Qualification. She also has delivered leadership training courses for TeachFirst, NPQSL and Future Leaders.
When not educating others or herself, Areyauna enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and walking her dogs.