I'm Emma Conlisk and I have a lifetime's 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 2002, 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 2016 taught in our local village school. I have taught a range of adults within school and mentored new teachers and students training to become teachers of the future so I am very used to helping people and move them on with their learning. I have also worked with the local authority in developing training materials for teachers in several subject areas. I have spoken at conferences about how teaching needs to address the learning styles of everyone, in particular boys, and the relevance of excellent motivational teaching in order to fully engage everyone within the lesson.
I now teach and coach dog agility and hoopers 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 a fully qualified Agility1st Instructor (specific training in agility instruction) and have been involved in developing the training programme for future instructors. I am also a qualified CHUK hoopers instructor and now offer hoopers in additon to agility.