I'm Emma Conlisk and I have a background in teaching.
I competed in showjumping and cross-country for many years until I became bitten by the agility bug! I have been competing in agility since 2003, although as a child always had a collie and used to run her over the jumps in the field and over canes in the garden. I remember first seeing dog agility on tv in the 80's and thinking I'd love to do that!
I am a fully qualified primary school teacher and until recently taught in our local village school, I have recently retired from that and now teach dog agility full time. I have very clear and detailed knowledge of what consitutes good, positive teaching (and what doesn't!) I develop training programmes so that students can see what they are learning, how it relates to what they need to work on and how it fits into the wider picture of how it will help them develop in the long term. I am fully CRB checked. I have taught a range of adults within school and mentored new teachers and students training to become teachers of the future. I have also worked with the local authority in developing training materials for teachers.
I am a fully qualified Agility1st Instructor (specific training in agility instruction) and have recently been involved in developing the training programme for future instructors.