Lynn Clausen is an ardent, experienced creative practitioner, teacher, specializing in English and drama. With her BA (Hons) in Drama (with English Literature as her second subject), a PGCE in English (UWE) and MA Creative Writing (Dist) TEES she considers herself a life-long learner something she is keen to nurture with those she works with.
Lynn started teaching English and Drama in 1996 and loved her role as a Head of Drama 2003 - 2015. Lynn is also a current GCSE examiner (English Literature and formerly English Language) for a UK examination board. Lynn was invited to join LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) as an examiner in 2019.
Lynn enjoys her freelance work now as much as when she first started out. Since becoming a freelance educator in 2015, work also includes delivering online facilitation for teachers and learners (with the Black Mountains College, Powys, Wales) where the focus is on climate change and how we can tackle it and have the conversations necessary in a supportive and proactive way.
A part of Lynn’s pedagogy is to foster and encourage a sense of curiosity and creativity as a part of the learning process – this being an essential part of our journey as individuals. Lynn also enjoyed her role as a pastoral counsellor while she was a subject lead and advocates that confidence and an enjoyment of learning is key - and her results over the years reflect this.
Lynn has recently been published for the first time, as a fiction writer which feels exciting. With more writing work in the pipeline to be published later this year (exploring themes around historical family memoir and life-story writing. She is also a director of the Abergavenny Writing Festival, in Wales, where she organizes a children’s writing competition.
Lynn met Shavy via an educators’ online group Spring 2021. Lynn was instantly drawn to Shavy, not only to her teaching work but also Shavy’s ethos and passion for raising awareness around her community related to PSHE issues as well as encouraging a discussion about the importance of education for all. Since meeting Shavy – and then some of her students, Lynn simply feels honoured to be connected to Shavy’s English Hut and looks forward to building up cross-cultural connections with youngsters in Wales, UK.
Thank you Shavy – and your students - for such a warm and heartfelt welcome!